Look at me I am old and infirm But I still want to learn I’m not ready yet to go Though I am rather slow So, don’t write me off just yet. My hair may be white But I can read and write I can’t walk very far And I still need a car So, […]Read More..
Making a Match is a new project funded by Big Lottery which aims to match people with a shared interest and help them build a friendship over that shared interest. It is being delivered by MAECare in conjunction with OPAL (Older People’s Action in the Locality) and is open to people aged 50+ who live […]Read More..
At our Annual Celebration on 17th July, one of our members, Trude, talked about her experiences of MAEcare: I am delighted to have the opportunity to speak to you about the wonderful support I have had and am having from MAECare. I have been a member almost since its inception and have attended a computer […]Read More..
It is two years since I started working on the Circles of Support Project at MAECare and now it’s time to move on, sadly. The last two years have been eventful and I have learnt a lot. It has been very rewarding working with people living with memory difficulties and their families. I was slightly […]Read More..
My name is Gabrielle and I am a second year social work student with the University of Leeds. I work with Moor Allerton Elderly Care as part of my practical learning experience and work with the staff and with members to provide an inclusive, fulfilling service. My time here has not only enhanced my learning […]Read More..
In 2017 we saw both the 50th anniversary of decriminalising homosexuality, which began the move towards equal rights for gay people, and a ‘pardon’ for thousands of men who had previously been convicted. These events remind us that older gay people will have spent significant parts of their lives when attitudes were very different, and […]Read More..
On Thursday 26th September the Creative Writers Group met and we had a talk about and saw various artefacts from World War! presented by a representative from Leeds City Museum. After a very interesting talk we were given our homework for the following week. To write a poem or story about three of the WW1 […]Read More..
Our Creative Writing Group has penned a series of meditations on “Remembrance” Light in the darkness Memories of dark years Spread out before us. Cards sent to longing parents, Censored and stripped of personal touches, Grieving parents dreading a dead man’s penny, Smooth to touch but heavy as its message. Pictures meant to encourage patriotism […]Read More..
Our Creative Writing Group has penned a series of meditations on “Remembrance” The Tin Box by Louise Headley It was 10.30.am when Miriam arrived in Edinburgh. She was going to a special exhibition at the Novo Museum, the highlight being exhibits from the First World War 1916. As she approached the museum she could see […]Read More..
Our Creative Writing Group has penned a series of meditations on “Remembrance” Waste, by A Studdert Kennedy Waste of muscle, waste of brain. Waste of patience, waste of pain. Waste of manhood, waste of health. Waste of beauty, waste of wealth. Waste of blood, waste of years. Waste of youth’s most precious years Waste of […]Read More..
Our Creative Writing Group has penned a series of meditations on “Remembrance” It’s time to wear our poppies It’s remembrance day once again Poppies have grown in Flanders Field And for many lifetimes will remain Two World Wars will never be forgotten Sacrifices were made for peace Courage and bravery came to the fore But […]Read More..
Our Creative Writing Group has penned a series of meditations on “Remembrance” 1.8.1914-18 The WW1. For Liz 1.11.2017 I have heard of a young warrior, Who bravely fought our enemy, For the freedom for his mother and father, For his sister and his brother. He had no machine gun, Only bayonet, trenches and dunes. No […]Read More..
Our Creative Writing Group has penned a series of meditations on “Remembrance” Robert Norfolk For Liz 2 November 2017 Into Battle How old is this young man? We don’t know his name let alone his age. What about calling him Jimmy Wardman and his age could be 18 or even less. He has been persuaded […]Read More..
Our Creative Writing Group has penned a series of meditations on “Remembrance” MEMENTOES OF THE 1st WORLD WAR Great Grandad, Great Grandad, you are so old, Pray tell me of things, if I may be so bold, Of things when the whole wide world was at war, Please tell me, please tell me of all […]Read More..
Our Creative Writing Group has penned a series of meditations on “Remembrance” School life in 1918 I’m having to walk to school by myself today, Cos Daddy has gone to fight the enemy far away Mummy is queuing for milk and bread at the shop And My sister and I have to tidy the house, […]Read More..
Our Creative Writing Group has penned a series of meditations on “Remembrance”. Learning Lessons The battle was raging less than a mile away; Joe was trying to be calm and comforting in those in his care, in these harsh frightening conditions. Joe was an orderly working in an appalling situation. There were not only British […]Read More..
Often representations of older people on TV or in newspapers can be very stereotyped and often can present older people as ‘heroes’ or as a burden. Two recent portrayals caught my eye One is a programme about centenarians which was shown on BBC Panorama. There are about 14,500 centenarians in the UK predicted to double […]Read More..
The World Health Organisation recognises World Mental Health Day annually and this year it is on October 10th. At MAEcare we acknowledge that older people can be particularly vulnerable to mental health issues – depression affects 22% of men and 28% of women over 65. Additionally, 85% of older people with depression receive no help […]Read More..
At our Annual Celebration, Gillian told us about her experiences of being an “adopted Grandparent”: When Barbara asked me if I would be interested in the Adopt a Grandparent initiative, I immediately said yes. She told me that when she had a family that she felt would be suitable to be matched with me she […]Read More..
As you can see, the Knitting Group has been busy; we’re up to 5 brothers now, plus a few assorted “pieces”. They will be part of a show of Biblical characters at Chapel Allerton Methodist Church on Saturday 2nd September from 10am to 5pm.. Here is a flyer for the Exhibtion: Knitted Bible […]Read More..
What MAECare means to my husband Pete and myself. When we moved back to this area seven years ago we were so happy to be returning to Leeds, a city we loved, especially after living in the Southeast. Although friends had moved on (or died) we were just so happy to be back in Yorkshire […]Read More..
The Zurich team in Leeds are incredibly committed to charity and I continue to be inspired by the generosity of the branch. This specific charity was selected by the team and those who attended on the day were able to relate to caring for elderly family members and visiting care homes. The team thoroughly enjoyed […]Read More..
The MAECare knitting group has taken up the challenge of knitting Joseph and his 11 brothers for Chapel Allerton Methodist Church’s Knitted Bible Project. So far we have Joseph and one brother made up!Read More..
A big thank you to all our volunteers in Volunteer Week. “What would we do without all our volunteers?” is a refrain often heard in the office. There are over 120 volunteers registered with MAECare and they are involved in all our activities. Not everyone volunteers every week, but over the year volunteers contribute more […]Read More..
My name is Jamie Woodhouse and as many of you will know, I have been on a six week work placement with MAECare, from Leeds Trinity University. I wanted to share with you my experiences with MAECare now that my placement has, sadly, come to an end. Six weeks certainly flew by and my first […]Read More..
Great discussions at this week’s Men’s Den. There was plenty to talk about at MAECare this week, during the Men’s Den club. Men’s den is a group run by MAECare, which encourages men to get out of the house and interact with others, in a male only environment. Discussions were certainly varied in this meet-up. […]Read More..
The amazing services which MAECare provide simply could not exist without the excellent work of our volunteers. They graft tirelessly in their free time to ensure MAECare users are safe, happy and most importantly, having fun! Our volunteer drivers are vital to MAECare, transporting those in need from their homes, to events, and back again. […]Read More..
Dementia has replaced cancer as the disease we’d prefer not to talk about, but as life expectancy increases, the number of people with dementia is increasing too. Next week 15th – 22nd May is Dementia Awareness Week and the Alzheimer’s Society is asking all of us to unite against dementia. I wanted to reflect on […]Read More..
We have a new blog feature on this site, be sure to check back here regularly to see what updates we have for the in’s and out’s.Read More..