Here's something for us all to enjoy from our friends at BJF!Life during lock-down has certainly been challenging, and so with our Healthy Generations project at BJF, we have been working hard to find innovative ways of bringing people together safely; physically distanced yet socially connected. Using digital technology, we have brought older adults across Stoke-on-Trent together in ‘virtual’ groups, challenging isolation and increasing social interaction by providing new ways for people to communicate. The 'Covid-19 Survival Cookbook and Other Stories' is a collection of their conversations, from recipes and poems to thoughts and dilemmas. We hope you enjoy reading, and cooking along the way... bit.ly/33KuRJv... See MoreSee Less
We hear so much about how we should all be very conscious about how much we weigh. And very often the focus is on the fact that we should all be trying to weigh a little less😳. But with older people, unintentional weight loss can be a cause for concern and here's why.
Unintentional weight loss means losing weight without actually trying to slim down. This can be a symptom of malnutrition in an older person. We need to be aware that it’s possible to be malnourished, so not getting the right nutrition for our bodies, without obviously losing weight. This is because weight can be maintained by unhealthy food, but good nutrition cannot. But there is a trend that when you identify the one issue, the other is there too.
Sadly, both problems are common in older adults. And it's important to understand why weight loss is occurring for the following reasons:
☑️ They are often caused by underlying health problems which need to be diagnosed and managed.
☑️They leave older adults weakened and more vulnerable to additional illnesses and injuries.
☑️They may be a sign that an older person is impaired, or otherwise needs more support with daily life.
The easiest way to keep a track of this issue, is for us all to keep a monthly track of the weight of all the older people in our lives. And if there is a sudden change - seek advice!
Click on the link for more about the role of independent advocates who help people enjoy their later life.
Today is International Cat Day 2020! The day when we celebrate all our favourite felines, who do so much to keep us company and bring joy to our lives at any age!😺❤️
Cats can be especially important in the lives of older people - and the last few weeks and months have proved this more than ever, as we have all had to spend so much time at home. Cats provide invaluable companionship, entertainment and love. All rolled up in a package of matchless cuteness!😍
Here at together we have a special moggie in our lives; introducing the Emperor of Floof, the Murderous Snowball, and the Captain of our Hearts - Arrow the cat.
Please share pictures of your favourite cats so we can all celebrate together!
And remember, independent advocates can help with making arrangements for pets, should that become a need in your life. Click on the link for more information.
Great opportunity for someone!Want to help people live the lives they want to live? We are looking for a part time Independent Advocate to join our award winning charity. Flexible working hours and working peripatetically across our communities, you’ll be joining a values driven team, where everyone matters. Read more and apply here: www.advocacyfocus.org.uk/independent-advocate-spot-purchase #charityjobs #advocacy #dreamteam ... See MoreSee Less