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Concerns over deteriorating eye health for care home residents in Pembrokeshire

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  • SPECSAVERS in Haverfordwest is calling for equal access to eye care for all; especially people in care homes

ALMOST a quarter of a million people living in UK care homes could unknowingly have an eye condition, which could lead to permanent sight loss if not spotted and treated in time.1,2

The research comes as this National Eye Health Week (18 – 24 September), Specsavers Haverfordwest is calling for equal access to eye care for all, especially those in care homes that can face extra challenges accessing care.

Of the 2.7 million people in the UK who would benefit from domiciliary eye care, only 460,000 eye tests were recorded between 2019 and 20203. While regular eye tests are essential for everyone, they are especially important for people living in care homes, as they are five times more likely to experience sight loss, contributing to social isolation and reduced independence.1

However, due to complex medical needs, such as dementia, reduced mobility and hearing loss, many care home residents are unable to access high street opticians, communicate their eye care needs, or easily access home visit services.

A government requirement to submit a pre-visit notification before carrying out an eye test for those who can’t leave their home unaccompanied, including those in care homes, is also being called at by Specsavers as an unnecessary administrative step which is further thwarting access to eye care.

Currently, optometrists are required to notify the NHS at least 48 hours before making a visit to one or two customers and three weeks before seeing three or more customers at the same address.

Dawn Roberts, Specsavers home visits clinical director, says: ‘Maintaining good vision is a key part of any person’s quality of life, but perhaps more so for care home residents because they often have limited mobility and so most of their hobbies and pastimes will involve visual tasks.

‘Sight loss can be very isolating and for those already struggling with memory problems or dementia, any confusion and disorientation is exacerbated by impaired vision. This can lead to a loss of engagement in social activities and sometimes increased risk of falls. Providing regular eye care can minimise or even eliminate these issues for people living in care homes allowing them to enjoy doing the things they want to do.

‘Specsavers is proud to offer home visits to anybody unable to leave their home, including residents of care homes.’

Specsavers Home Visits, which is celebrating its 10-year anniversary, carries out the same standard of eye test in people’s homes that is found in Specsavers’ stores, but with just with a few changes and specialist equipment to make them home friendly.

In the past year alone, the team of mobile opticians have dispensed more than a quarter of a million glasses to those who can’t leave their homes unaccompanied and referred more than 2,500 people in Wales for treatment to safeguard their sight. They have also visited more than 2,100 people in Wales.

Regular eye tests are not only important in identifying changes in vision and detecting the early signs of multiple eye conditions, but also because sight loss can have a significant impact on the overall safety and wellbeing of a person, particularly if they are older. The rate of falls in older people with sight loss increase by 1.7 times1, the medical cost of falls directly related to having sight loss is £128m.1

Specsavers’ provides Dementia Friends training, as part of an initiative run by the Alzheimer’s Society, to help support the needs of people living with dementia.

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10th anniversary of the Pembroke Dock Heritage Centre

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PEMBROKE Dock Heritage Centre is celebrating its tenth anniversary. Since the museum was opened by Queen Elizabeth II in 2014, the centre has gone from strength to strength.

Today the museum is a ‘go to’ for information on the military, maritime and social history of Pembroke Dock, an archive of specialist research knowledge on the role of the Sunderland flying boats, and a beacon for Star Wars fans.

The importance of the Heritage Centre will be celebrated on Saturday April 27th with an Open Day.

The museum will be free to enter, from 11am to 3pm.

The Heritage Centre was the culmination of many heritage initiatives and over the years so many volunteers have given their time, skills, energies and enthusiasm to these – from the Gun Tower Museum to the Flying Boat Interpretation Centre, the Fleet Surgeons House and now in the magnificent Royal Dockyard Chapel.

Those at the Heritage centre look forward to welcoming everyone, especial any former volunteers and family members of those involved in past years.

See the website www.pdht.org also Facebook and X for further details.

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Fishguard Festival of Music tickets go on sale next week

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TICKETS go on sale on Monday 15 April for this year’s Fishguard Festival of Music/Gŵyl Gerdd Abergwaun concerts.   18 events will be staged at venues across Pembrokeshire from 18 to 31 July, with the popular Welsh National Opera Orchestra returning to the festival to perform at St David’s Cathedral on Friday 19 July.  Conductor Tomas Hanus will lead a programme that will include Bruckner’s Sixth Symphony and the Mozart Clarinet Concerto.

Other artists performing at this year’s festival include the Marmen String Quartet, the Welsh National Opera Chamber Orchestra and violinist Jennifer Pike with pianist Jâms Coleman.  Harpist Catrin Finch and violinist Aoife Ní Bhriain will team up for a concert following their acclaimed debut album Double You released last year.  Pianist and Festival Patron Peter Donohoe , soprano Claire Booth, accompanied by pianist Jâms Coleman,  will give recitals.  The Bute Wind Quintet and the National Youth Brass Band, Choir and Orchestra of Wales will also give concerts. Welsh Chamber Folk Trio VRi will return after their sell-out concert at Theatr Gwaun two years ago.  The festival will open with a concert in Newport by the Young Music Makers of Dyfed.

The full programme is available to view on the festival’s website and tickets will be on sale from 9.00am on Monday 15th of April and can be booked via www.fishguardmusicfestival.com 

Gillian Green MBE, Artistic Director of the Fishguard Festival of Music, said: “The Fishguard Festival has been a showcase for world-class music in West Wales for over fifty years and this year we will be reverting to our traditional dates in July following the temporary move of the festival dates following COVID. 

“We have an excellent line-up this year and will be taking music outdoors and visiting care homes courtesy of performances by Filkins Drift, funded by Tŷ Cerdd in association with Live Music Now.”

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The Ultimate Resource Guide: Find Your Best Book for Essay Writing

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When it comes to enhancing essay writing skills, the right resources are crucial. Many students at college and school find the best book on essay writing a game-changer. These books offer practical advice and techniques, inspiring a deeper appreciation for writing. They equip students with skills, fostering confidence in their academic journey and providing a foundation for excellence in writing and critical thinking, which are essential for their future careers. Along with these books, getting help with “do my essay” requests from services like EssayService can further empower students, offering personalized guidance and support.

In this guide, we’ll look at ten exceptional books that have proven invaluable for students embarking on their learning journey. From comprehensive style guides to strategic writing tips, each book provides a unique perspective on crafting compelling essays. This collection has been carefully chosen to help students attain academic success and improve their writing skills, encompassing a wide range of techniques and insights tailored to the evolving needs of student writers, making it an indispensable resource in their educational toolkit.

10 Best Books on Essay Writing

“On Writing Well” by William Zinsser

William Zinsser’s “On Writing Well” is often acclaimed as the best book for essay writing. It guides students and writers toward excellence and precision in their craft. Its emphasis on clarity, simplicity, and efficiency makes it a timeless resource for anyone looking to hone and refine their essay writing skills. Zinsser’s approach is not just about following rules but understanding the essence and soul of good writing, making it an invaluable tool for constructing compelling, well-structured, and meaningful essays. This book transcends mere technique, delving into the art of writing with a focus on creating work that resonates deeply and communicates effectively with readers.

“The Elements of Style” by William Strunk Jr. and E.B. White

Strunk and White’s “The Elements of Style” is more than just a book. It’s a fundamental, transformative guide that has shaped the way English is written and taught across generations. This definitive text lays the groundwork for mastering essay composition, offering a clear, comprehensive roadmap from basic grammar rules to advanced style tips. It’s an indispensable, authoritative manual for those who aspire to write with precision, elegance, and eloquence, making complex ideas accessible through well-crafted, polished writing. Its concise and poignant advice makes it a must-read, helping students and writers to refine their voice and express their thoughts with clarity, grace, and impact.

“They Say / I Say”: The Moves That Matter in Academic Writing by Gerald Graff and Cathy Birkenstein

Graff and Birkenstein’s “They Say / I Say” illuminates the path to understanding the intricate nuances of academic writing. It’s not just about presenting information. It’s about engaging in a dynamic, critical conversation with existing ideas, a skill indispensable for college-level essays and scholarly discourse. This book teaches the art of developing coherent, persuasive arguments, offering practical templates and vivid examples that demonstrate how to effectively respond to and build upon others’ ideas. It’s an essential, insightful tool for students who want to participate meaningfully in academic discourse, teaching them to craft essays that are not only informative but also persuasive, engaging, and thought-provoking.

“Writing Arguments: A Rhetoric with Readings” by John D. Ramage, John C. Bean, and June Johnson

Ramage, Bean, and Johnson’s book is a comprehensive, in-depth guide that equips students with the essential tools necessary for crafting effective, convincing arguments. It’s particularly beneficial for those working on persuasive or argumentative essays, offering a rich understanding of rhetorical strategies. This book delves into the techniques of argumentation, teaching students how to construct logical, compelling arguments and how to convincingly present their viewpoints with clarity and conviction. The inclusion of diverse readings provides real-world, practical examples, helping students to understand and apply these techniques in their own writing to enhance their rhetorical skills.

“The Sense of Style: The Thinking Person’s Guide to Writing in the 21st Century” by Steven Pinker

Steven Pinker’s “The Sense of Style” is a modern masterpiece that bridges linguistic theory with practical, contemporary writing advice. This book challenges conventional writing norms, encouraging students and writers to adopt a writing style that is not only clear and coherent but also engaging, vibrant, and personal. Pinker uses examples from contemporary literature and everyday communication to illustrate his points, making the book both relatable and relevant to today’s students and writers. It’s a forward-thinking guide that speaks to the needs of 21st-century writers, urging them to break free from outdated rules and discover their unique, authentic writing voice, resonating with modern readers.

“Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life” by Anne Lamott

Anne Lamott’s “Bird by Bird” offers a refreshing, insightful, and heartfelt perspective on the writing process, blending wisdom with wit. This book is more than a comprehensive writing guide. It’s a compassionate, understanding companion for anyone embarking on the challenging, fulfilling journey of writing. Lamott’s approach is deeply personal, relatable, and honest, thoughtfully addressing the myriad challenges and joys of writing. She encourages aspiring writers to embrace their individuality, earnestly find their unique voice, and express themselves authentically and boldly. Her invaluable advice extends beyond the technical aspects of writing, poignantly touching upon the emotional, psychological, and spiritual aspects of the creative process.

“The College Application Essay” by Sarah Myers McGinty

Sarah Myers McGinty’s book is a tailored, insightful guide for students navigating the competitive, challenging world of college applications. The focus is on crafting essays that not only meet rigorous academic criteria but also stand out with their distinct originality and genuine authenticity. McGinty offers practical, strategic strategies for students to confidently present their best selves, effectively highlighting their unique life experiences and diverse perspectives. This book is an essential, indispensable tool for ambitious students looking to make a memorable, lasting impression with their college application essays, standing out in a crowded field.

“Writing Your Dissertation in Fifteen Minutes a Day” by Joan Bolker

Joan Bolker’s book, while primarily aimed at dissertation and thesis writing, offers invaluable, comprehensive insights applicable to any form of long-form, detailed essay writing. It demystifies the daunting, overwhelming task of writing extensive academic pieces, presenting manageable, realistic strategies for tackling large and formidable projects. Bolker’s advice is practical, encouraging, and supportive, perfectly suitable for university and college students who are facing the significant challenge of writing complex theses or in-depth research papers. Her approach emphasizes consistent, gradual progress, showing that even with small, daily increments, significant, meaningful writing achievements can be made.

“The Craft of Research” by Wayne C. Booth, Gregory G. Colomb, and Joseph M. Williams

“The Craft of Research” by Booth, Colomb, and Williams is a cornerstone, foundational text in the field of academic writing, particularly for essays requiring extensive, meticulous research. This book comprehensively guides students through the entire research process, from thoughtfully formulating probing questions to effectively presenting their compelling, insightful findings. It offers strategies for effective analysis, helping students to craft well-researched, well-argued, and compelling essays. The authors focus on the importance of critical thinking, clear communication, and ethical scholarship, making this book a vital, indispensable resource for students seeking to elevate and refine their academic writing skills.

“How to Write a Lot: A Practical Guide to Productive Academic Writing” by Paul J. Silvia

Paul J. Silvia’s “How to Write a Lot” offers practical, inspiring advice to increase productivity in academic writing. This book is particularly beneficial for students and academics who struggle with managing time, maintaining focus, and staying motivated. Silvia provides practical tips, effective techniques, and proven strategies to help students establish consistent writing routines and overcome common hurdles and procrastination. The book is not just about writing more. It’s about writing effectively, efficiently, and purposefully, making it a crucial resource for students and academics aiming to enhance both the quantity and quality of their academic essays and research.

Conclusion: Best Books for Writing Essays

Whether you’re a student at school, college, or university, these best books for essay writing are invaluable resources for honing your skills. Each book offers unique insights and practical advice, catering to various aspects of essay writing – from structuring arguments to refining your style. They provide a comprehensive guide to mastering the art of essay writing, helping you to develop critical thinking, articulate your ideas more effectively, and enhance your overall writing ability. Keep in mind that the secret to excelling in essay writing is consistent learning and regular practice. These books serve not just as guides but as companions on your journey to becoming a more skilled and confident writer.

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