The Lady in the Lodge tells us how a Garden Annexe could be the perfect solution for our ageing population
As lifespans rise and people increasingly choose to start their families later in life, a new demographic phenomena has emerged. The so called “sandwich generation” are finding themselves caring for both children and aging parents (often living a fair distance away) and, for many, the dual burden can be overwhelming emotionally, logistically and financially. Yet, for all but a few, the notion of moving their elderly loved ones in to their own family home is both impractical and intolerable.
Last month, Theresa May announced new measures to support the mental health of children and adolescents, noting that “mental illness too often starts in childhood and, when left untreated, it can blight lives and become entrenched.” Over half of adult mental health problems (and almost 25% of the adult population will be suffering in any one year) begin by the age of 14 and 75% by age 18. So whilst the measures are to be welcomed, they are not to be fully implemented until 2020, leaving a wide (and widening) gap to be bridged.
There are very good reasons why we clad most of our buildings in red cedar. It is beautiful, durable, environmentally friendly and sustainable. Cedar has a considerable naturally resistance to decay and should last a good 40 or 50 years without the need for any significant maintenance.
TG Escapes would like to wish you all a very happy and exciting new year. At this time of reflection on what has been in 2016 and anticipation of what is to come in 2017, we would like to share with you just some of the projects with which it has been our pleasure and a privilege to be involved during the last twelve months.
The festive season is fast approaching and our minds are awash with Christmas preparations: food to procure and prepare; gifts to buy, wrap and dispatch; decorations and diplomacy; family and friends. The lists are endless, but before we know it the scraps of paper covered in hasty scrawl will have been discarded along with the wrapping paper and the turkey leftovers and we will be left with the looming spectre of the New Year reboot.