Galashiels’ disability centre was heading for closure before recent events helped at least delay it. Following pressure from campaigners, the council have agreed to defer voting on the closure until they have visited the property and assessed its value to the community.
Inverclyde Council now has the means to vastly improve the lives of the disabled and the elderly in their local area after receiving a £450,000 grant from the Lottery. The council plans to use the funds for a Shopmobility service and to arrange social functions where the disabled and the elderly can make new friendships.
Penarth in South Wales has organised exercise classes at Albert Road Church Hall to be taken by Ceinwen Sawyer, a specialist in building up the fitness of those with physical problems.
The Government’s recent decision to replace Disability Living Allowance with Personal Independence Payments could lead to many people losing out. Lowering the distance people can comfortable walk from 50 metres to 20 metres is irresponsible, claims disability action group We Are Spartacus.
Official NHS A&E figures have announced that lying in bed is statistically more hazardous than climbing a ladder. Of course these figures are skewed as it fails to take relative proportions of age and disability into account: however, it is still a worrying statistic.
The following article discusses statistics regarding the prevalence of falling from bed in those suffering from Parkinson’s Disease.