After all our Christmas indulgences and at the start of a New Year, we inevitably turn our attention to resolving to do things differently in the year ahead. Whether this is to live a healthier lifestyle, sign up for something new, give back to the local community or even make a change in our career, we all hope for success in what we will try to achieve.
Nothing of worth comes without sacrifice and effort off course, however our article (pg 18) on a recent trip to Lapland by children with debilatating and terminal illnesses helps us keep things in perspective.
Christmas is a time that many of us look forward to. A time to relax with our family, go out with our friends, a time to do things that are a little bit special, that maybe we don’t do the rest of the year.
With that in mind this is an issue packed full of Christmas ideas and events to help you start feeling festive.
Perhaps you’re concerned about the year ahead as you have a family member or friend who is suffering with dementia and you’re not sure how best to help them. The Alzheimers Society (pg 6&7) offer support and advice to both patients and carers and there are local support groups available in this area.
One of the new things that you might learn this year is First Aid and our article (pg 42) on what to do if you come across a road traffic accident may be helpful but is by no means a substitute for the real thing. You never know, it might help you save someone’s life one day.
Christmas is off course party season and if you are going to one, or possibly a few, be wise and don’t drink and drive. Also, don’t take a lift with someone who has been drinking. There is great advice on how to get home safely by Taxi on page 40.
We even have some great Christmas gift ideas, with one that you probably hadn’t thought off. We are encouraged to give the gift of a Will on page 32, to ensure that the future of our loved ones is secure.