‘Sometimes being invisible isn’t helpful’

by Jim Thomas, Skills for Care

Whilst being invisible is a good thing from a support perspective, I have started to wonder if invisibility gets in the way of the improving the general public’s perspective of social care. If you don’t notice social care workers, why would you see the need to value what they do?

Read in full at the official blog of BMJ Leader: https://blogs.bmj.com/bmjleader/2021/09/19/sometimes-being-invisible-isnt-helpful-by-jim-thomas/

Reframing Ageing

Public perceptions of ageing, older age and demographic change

July 2021

Attempting to change narratives is often known as ‘reframing’: making
conscious and intentional choices about what to include – and what
not to include – in communications in order to influence how people
think, feel, and act on certain issues. The language we use matters
because it can influence public opinion, which can in turn influence
policy choices and decisions.
The current ‘dominant view’ of ageing and demographic change is
summarised in the table on page 6 of the report. This is derived from our literature review and discourse analysis, which explored how ageing was talked about and represented across different parts of society.
The ‘alternative view’, also summarised, has been developed
over several years of researching ageing and how people experience
later life. Many working in ageing already advocate for this view and
ascribe to it, however it is clearly at odds with the current dominant
view. The gap between these two views represents the reframing
challenge. The report explores this and how we create that shift from the
dominant view to the alternative view.

Read the report at Centre for Ageing Better source: Reframing-ageing-public-perceptions.pdf

Why Embrace Your Imperfections as a Caregiver

The Caregiver Cafe

By Roz Jones

Do you constantly find yourself wrapped up in your imperfections? If so, it could be getting in the way of leading a happy, fulfilled life.

Each of us has imperfections. However, many fight against their flaws; harshly criticizing themselves for not being perfect. There is a lot of pressure in society today to be a perfect person. Unfortunately, this just isn’t possible. So, most of us end up feeling like a failure or developing feelings of self-hatred. This is even more difficult when caring for a loved one.

If you want to learn to love yourself, embracing your imperfections is key. Here, we’ll look at why it’s important to embrace your imperfections and the benefits it can deliver.

Your Positive Imperfections

When you start to embrace your imperfections, you’ll start to see them more positively. Believe it or not, there are some positives to imperfections. For example…

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Build Calluses In Your Mind And Withstand The Toughest Challenges

The Caregiver Cafe

By Roz Jones

As a caregiver, you will face challenges, failures, setbacks, and disappointments. How you deal with these obstacles will determine the outcome. Mental toughness separates those who fail to meet challenges and quit from ones who don’t. If your mind is trained to withstand whatever test comes, nothing will be too hard to overcome. If you train your mind right, you will bounce back from every failure and withstand difficulties. Nothing will be strong enough to keep you down.

6 ways to build mental toughness and withstand the toughest challenges.

  1. Have a clearly defined life purpose.

Knowing your purpose in life and staying true to it each day will help you to build mental toughness. It will give you the strength you need to withstand the toughest challenges because you know what you intend to accomplish. You know that problem you have, no matter how difficult, is just…

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