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It’s Dementia Action Week, an annual campaign to improve the lives of the UK’s 850,000 sufferers. Sheena Grant reports on a housing initiative that helps couples stay living together after a dementia diagnosis, however bad things get.

Advancing age brings all sorts of challenges that are hard for younger, more able-bodied people to fully understand, however empathetic they may be. That’s why a Suffolk home care company has bought an ‘ageing suit’ to assist staff training. Sheena Grant tried it out...

There have been a lot of Royal stories around this week ahead of the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.

School doesn’t work for everyone but for children with mental health issues there’s often little else on offer to turn around lives at risk of stalling before they’ve even got started. Until now... As Mental Health Awareness Week begins, Sheena Grant reports on one woman’s bold new venture.

This year’s Mental Health Awareness Week, from May 14 to 20, is focussing on stress and how we cope with it. We get some advice from local experts.

Opinion: Free foods to forage in spring

Saturday, May 12, 2018

We’ve been having some beautiful, sunny weather this week, reaching the kind of temperatures when my thoughts turn from soup to salads.

A walk through the beautiful landscapes of the Stour Valley. Walked by: Chris Barker

It wasn’t so long ago that people with autism were thought of as Rain Man-type rarities, individuals whose behaviour was so odd - like the character played by Dustin Hoffman in that 1988 film - that they were not only few and far between but also instantly recognisable.

Thrifty Living, with Sheena Grant

If you’re looking for a prescription for stress-free living Dr Charlotte Bech may just be able to help.

Thrifty living, with Sheena Grant

Jamie Oliver’s ‘ad enough.

Between them, Roger Dunnett, Ian Lower and Ian Knights have lost an incredible 14st.

Sometimes it can be hard to think of new ways of saving money.

Signs of spring at Stoven

Saturday, April 21, 2018

A walk through woodland and fields in Stoven. Walked by: Sue Rusack

When her first baby was born, Julie Francis suffered from post natal depression, something that was made worse by the sleep deprivation that often accompanies new parenthood.

It’s National Tea Day on Saturday, a time set aside to celebrate this nation’s love of enduring love of tea. We may get through 165 million cups of tea a day but is it any good for us?

It’s three years since marathon runner Tim Newton started intermittent fasting as part of a low carbohydrate diet to see if he could improve his sports performance.

At one time, when your car needed a little TLC or a replacement part, chances are you’d head to a local scrapyard for spares, pull out your Haynes manual, roll up your sleeves and get on with the job yourself.

At first sight, Lindsey Beard might look like the kind of fitness devotee who has been into sport and working out for almost as long as she’s been walking and talking.

I’ve long been a fan of charity shops - they’re a great place to root around for bargains that might be out of your price range if you were to buy them new.

Not so long ago, the most troubling thing the average 10 to 12-year-old had to do after school was work out how to juggle watching that night’s episode of Blue Peter with getting their maths homework done and perhaps fitting in an hour’s outside play with their friends.

Thrifty living, with Sheena Grant

Opinion: How many Easter eggs should a child get?

Saturday, March 24, 2018

It’s Easter next weekend but chocolate eggs have been in the shops for so long now you could be forgiven for being a little uncertain about when the annual festival falls or how long it actually lasts.

It would be easy to judge Danielle, Stacy and other women whose children have been removed from their care.

It started off with 13 pioneers in a west London park but in the space of a few short years has become an international phenomenon, with almost three million participants in 17 countries, stretching from the UK to Singapore, South Africa, Australia and America.

For many of us, the weekly shop is one of our biggest household expenses.

The power of sign language to transform the lives of children with hearing loss has been highlighted by an Oscar-winning film starring six-year-old Maisie Sly, who is profoundly deaf.

From Tendring to Sudbury, Aylsham - and everywhere in between - the region has a message for postmen and women: stop littering our streets with elastic bands.

They’re on track to be the most overweight generation since records began.

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