Independent living

Getting older, illness and accidents can all contribute to the loss of personal independence. Browse our selection of articles about degenerating health conditions, living aids and complementary therapies.

Need a little help?

After illness or an operation it can take a while for the body to heal, a few "daily living aids" can help ease the process.

Everyday solutions

A stroke survivors road to recovery

Every year about 150,000 people in the UK will have a stroke. Stroke survivor Shirley Holden, 59, describes her road to recovery.

Read Shirley's story

Arthritis: an introduction

Every year in the UK, more than 10 million adults see their family doctor about arthritis or a related condition.

What is this condition?

Arthritis: know the warning signs

Arthritis comes with wide-ranging warning signs that you can look out for, and even help to delay with some simple techniques.

Warning signs

Living with arthritis

People suffering with painful arthritis can have difficulty in holding, grasping and gripping, causing them to drop things.

Make life easier

Fibromyalgia: diagnosis

A closer look at how Fibromyalgia can be diagnosed, and some of the methods of treatment that are currently available.

Diagnosis and treatments

Fibromyalgia: the symptoms

The symptoms of Fibromyalgia are wide and varied, and often shared by other conditions, helping the illness remain undetected.

Symptoms

Fibromyalgia: the facts

Fibromyalgia is more common than Rheumatoid arthritis, yet our understanding and awareness of the condition is limited.

Find out more

Dementia fact file

There are over 800,000 people living with dementia in the UK. We answer some queries about memory loss and dementia.

Dementia FAQ

Dementia challenge

Launched by David Cameron in March 2012, with the aim of delivering major improvements in dementia care.

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Alzheimer's: a carer's story

Caryl Kelly lives with her husband Tom, who has dementia. Here Caryl describes some of the challenges of being a full-time carer.

Read Caryl's story

Complementary medicine

Ever wondered how alternative therapies may help? Browse our Q&A's to find out if they could help you. 

Q&A's

Homeopathy

Homeopathy has been practised in the UK by doctors for over a hundred years and has been available on the NHS since 1948. 

The benefits

Back pain

“I envisaged it being a life-long problem” Chantal Cooke, from Surrey, explains.

Acupuncture advocate

Falls in the home

Anyone can suffer a fall, but, as you grow older falls can become more common and more likely to cause you injury. 

Preventing falls

Pressure ulcers

A pressure ulcer is an injury that breaks down the skin and the underlying tissue when the skin is placed under pressure.

Managing pressure ulcers

Caring from a distance

Caring for a relative is a huge undertaking and living close by can be just as difficult as being far away.

Ways to help

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