Most of us are lucky enough to take the basic functions of mind and body for granted, give or take the creaking of age. But, equally, many of us know someone who is not so fortunate, either within the family or as a friend, or even a friend of a friend.
To enable the most vulnerable people in our society to reach their full potential, we, as a community, must give them the support they need. Changes will always need to be made to adapt to different circumstances, but we must never lose sight of the fact that those who will be affected by any change (or their immediate carers) must be consulted at every stage.
Christine Hamilton, author and media personality