Category Archives: Health & Wellbeing

DOG FOULING: Reporting

Unfortunately there are still some dog owners who act irresponsibly and do not clean up after their dog. This can be a particular problem for older people, children and people with reduced mobility. Often an isolated offender can cause a considerable problem in a specific location.

You can assist Calderdale Council to combat the problem by reporting offenders to Environmental Health by going online, telephoning or emailing Customer First. It is helpful if you can provide as much information as possible such as:

– The exact location where the offence took place
– Date and time of the offence
– Type of dog
– Description of the offender or if known the name and address of the offender
– Vehicle description or if known vehicle registration details
– photographs

by e-mail to: customer.first@calderdale.gov.uk or telephoned to 01422 288002

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DEMENTIA: Daisy’s Cafe

Daisy’s Cafe Todmorden

Julieanna will provide the music at Daisy’s Café at Todmorden Health Centre Saturday, August 4th.  The café is on from 11am until 1.30pm and is run by Dementia Friendly Todmorden. Everyone is welcome, and the group will be offering their usual support, advice and information for people affected by dementia along with their families and carers. As well musical entertainment, the café will be serving soup and sandwiches with coffee and juice for £2.50, or drinks and biscuits for £1.50.

GARDENS: Design for older people

The Sensory Trust is a leading authority on inclusive and sensory design. They use nature and the outdoors to improve the health and wellbeing of people living with disability and health issues, their families and carers. Their website is full of inspirational ideas and well worth a visit. We particularly enjoyed their feature on making landscapes, in particular gardens, both public and private, safer for older people.

They consider each issue from three angles: Characteristic; Implications for design; and Design solutions

Characteristic: Reduced mobility (ability to get around)
Implications for design: Access is limited by obstacles like steps, uneven surfaces, gradients, slips and trips
Design solutions: Reduced gradients; choice of ramp and steps; level, firm surfaces; handrails and supports; design for wheelchairs and mobility aids

Characteristic: Reduced stamina (tiring easily)
Implications for design: Distance and gradients become a significant issue
Design solutions: Seats to reduce impact of distance and grades; choice of route lengths; maximise interest within easy reach

Characteristic: Reduced dexterity (eg from arthritis, Parkinson’s)
Implications for design: Fine motor skills are more difficult and can be painful – turning handles, locks etc
Design solutions:  Choose easy-to-use handles, gate latches, locks etc

Characteristic: Falls and impaired balance
Implications for design: Reduced confidence to go out and higher risk of injury
Design solutions:  Good access, low impact hard surfaces , careful siting of furniture and features, handrails and supports

Characteristic: Visual impairment
Implications for design: Items like furniture, signboards and steps can become hazards if not well designed
Design solutions: Careful siting of furniture and signage, good colour contrast, tactile indicators, sensory design to cater for all senses, remove hazards

Characteristic: Hearing impairment
Implications for design: Not alert to aural cues eg alarms and approaching traffic
Design solutions: Include visual alarms and clearly differentiate vehicular and pedestrian routes

Characteristic: Alzheimer’s, dementia
Implications for design: Reduced ability to cope with complex designs, reduced memory, may want to wander
Design solutions: Legible designs, familiar settings and detail, design for reminiscence, safe materials, secure and comfortable

Characteristic: Sensitivity to weather
Implications for design: Need for protection from weather extremes
Design solutions: Shelter, shade, use of indoor/outdoor spaces eg conservatories

SUMMER: Tip For Staying Cool

Here are a few of the NHS’s top tips for saying cool during spells of hot summer weather.

  • Shut windows and pull down the shades when it is hotter outside. You can open the windows for ventilation when it is cooler.
  • Avoid the heat: stay out of the sun and don’t go out between 11am and 3pm (the hottest part of the day) if you’re vulnerable to the effects of heat.
  • Keep rooms cool by using shades or reflective material outside the windows. If this isn’t possible, use light-coloured curtains and keep them closed (metallic blinds and dark curtains can make the room hotter).
  • Have cool baths or showers, and splash yourself with cool water.
  • Drink cold drinks regularly, such as water and diluted fruit juice. Avoid excess alcohol, caffeine (tea, coffee and cola) or drinks high in sugar.
  • Listen to alerts on the radio, TV and social media about keeping cool.
  • Plan ahead to make sure you have enough supplies, such as food, water and any medications you need.
  • Identify the coolest room in the house so you know where to go to keep cool. This may change as the sun moves during the day!
  • Wear loose, cool clothing, and a hat and sunglasses if you go outdoors.
  • Check up on friends, relatives and neighbours who may be less able to look after themselves.

More heatwave advice from the NHS

INFO: Independent Age’s FAQs

A charity formed over 150 years ago, Independent Age is dedicated to helping older people. Thye now have a really well-written and informative web-site which is always worth a visit for advice and information.

We were interested to see their top 8 questions they are most frequently asked and they pretty much sum up the cares and concerns of many older people and their relatives –

Questions Independent Age get asked most

  1. Are there any benefits I can apply for?
  2. My benefits have gone down and I don’t know why.
  3. I’m selling my home. Will this affect my benefits?
  4. I need to find a care home – where do I start?
  5. What happens when I’m discharged from hospital?
  6. Do I have to sell my home to pay care home fees?
  7. Why am I being charged top-up fees?
  8. I’m struggling to live at home. Can I get help?

Visit our information area

NUTRITION: Eating Well

Eating well in later life is something many of us don’t pay enough attention to. But good nutrition can make a massive difference to your health and wellbeing and is relatively easy to achieve.

Of course, we’re not always in the mood to cook and prepare food, especially if we are cooking for one. But with a bit of effort and some inspiring recipes and you can find yourself back into the swing of healthy and enjoyable eating.

The Age UK website is always a great source of information and they have a great recipe section that really seems to hit the sport, with some traditional and enjoyable ideas:

Visit the Age UK recipe page

HEALTH: Stop Snoring!

Snoring is often linked to lifestyle, and there are some simple changes you can make to help prevent it. Try these 5 self-help tips which come from the NHS Choices website:

1/ Maintain a healthy weight and diet. Being overweight by just a few kilos can lead to snoring. Fatty tissue around your neck squeezes the airway and prevents air flowing in and out freely.

2/ Try to sleep on your side rather than your back. While sleeping on your back, your tongue, chin and any excess fatty tissue under your chin can relax and squash your airway. Sleeping on your side prevents this.

3/ Avoid alcohol before going to bed. Alcohol makes your muscles relax more than usual during a normal night’s sleep. This may encourage the back of your throat to collapse as you breathe, which causes snoring.

4/ Quit or cut down on smoking. Cigarette smoke irritates the lining of your nose and throat, causing swelling and catarrh. This means airflow is decreased and you’re more likely to snore.

5/ Keep your nose clear, so that you breathe in through your nose rather than your mouth. If an allergy is blocking your nose, try antihistamine tablets or a nasal spray. Ask your pharmacist for advice, or see your GP, if you’re affected by an allergy or any other condition that affects your nose or breathing, such as sinusitis.