Age UK’s website is a brilliant source of information for older people. Amongst the many advice articles, leaflets and specialist features, their Money and Legal section is particularly helpful. Here are some of the key links from this section of their website:
Beyond the NHS: Addressing The Root Causes of Poor Health
As a country we are still overly preoccupied with cure rather than prevention and it is leading to an inefficient allocation of public spending and stagnating health. There is an urgency to address the root causes of poor health and this can only be achieved by tackling the social determinants. It has been estimated that healthcare is only responsible for between 15 and 43% of health outcomes. This is the conclusion of a new report that focuses its attention on the social determinants of health, as research consistently indicates that these account for a far larger share of health outcomes.
The report looks beyond healthcare and the NHS, to investigate the social and economic conditions that can cause ill health in the first place. The report suggests that there is an urgent need to reorient health policy towards tackling the root socioeconomic causes of poor health. From poor quality housing to knife crime, from skills deprivation to in-work poverty and homelessness, the great socioeconomic challenges of our time are also our great health challenges.
If you are over 50 and have fallen, fear of falling or problems with your balance and live in Calderdale, the “Finding your Feet” exercise class could benefit you.
To discuss concerns about falling, or receive a falls risk assessment and advice please contact Gateway to Care on 01422 393000 to discuss a referral to the Community Rehabilitation Team.
Age UK Calderdale and Kirklees FREE Home Energy Visits
These visits aim to reduce people’s energy bills whilst keeping them warm and well at home by offering:
- Practical advice about keeping warm
- Information about winter benefits
- Advice about smarter use of energy
- Referral to other useful services if needed
- Installation of free energy saving devices such as draught excluders, radiator panels, timers and cold alarms
- Installation of free energy saving light bulbs
And best of all, it is all FREE
Age UK is working with E.ON and First Utility to provide Home Energy Visits. The aim of the visit is to deliver practical energy efficiency information and expert advice to older people. The project will enable people to change energy use behaviour and benefit from small practical measures which could potentially reduce their energy bills whilst remaining warm and well in their own homes.
How do I get a free home visit?
To qualify for the Home Energy visit you must be :
- Over 65 and on low income (below £16,190 p.a )and /or
- Over 65 and living with a disability or other medical condition
- Over 65 and living in a hard to heat property.
For more information or to book your home energy check, please contact us on 01422 252040 / 01484 535994
The Housing Learning and Improvement Network (LIN) is a network bringing together housing, health and social care professionals in England, Wales, and Scotland to develop and promote innovative housing solutions for an ageing population.
Their website includes a really good blog on creating a garden that is safe and easy to maintain.
Gardening is one of the hobbies that can be relished by everyone no matter the age. Whether you live in a retirement community or in your home, access to a garden encourages physical activity and exercise so you can stay mobile and flexible. Those frequent physical movements help prevent diseases like osteoporosis.
Moreover, gardening also reduces stress and tension. Finally, it is a great way to grow organic home-grown food that is a healthier option for everyone’s diet. Nonetheless, gardening can be a demanding and tiresome job.
Cornerstone Memory Cafe is a support group for dementia sufferers and their carers run by volunteers from church in conjuntion with the Alzheimers Society. If you know someone who would benefit from this outreach, the friendly drop in cafe is held on the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month, 2-4pm upstairs in Brighouse Civic Hall. A warm welcome and homemade cake are guaranteed!
Were you inspired by the Tour de Yorkshire, which visited Calderdale again this year? There’s cycle training courses running for all ages and abilities in our sports section.
If you like the fresh air, be sure to check out Calderdale Parks and Wildlife activities including kite making, raft building and stream dipping.
Printed copies will be available from libraries, museums, sports centres and visitor centres shortly.