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The Advocacy Checklist is a simple and effective means of ensuring that older people are recognised as the experts on themselves and what best reflects their needs and wants. It’s a clear way of demonstrating that organisations will help older people speak up, and be involved in the decisions about how they are going to best enjoy life as we all age together.
If you or someone you care about is an older person and has links to an organisation and service, look for the Advocacy Checklist logo, so that you know that there are systems in place for that older person to voice their needs and wants in a supported way – no matter what the issue is.
2 days ago
Whilst there are so many of us who enjoy the change from summer to autumn, with the rising cost of energy and the need to keep warm should perhaps now be at the forefront of all our minds.
So here are a few ideas that might be worth part of your pre-winter preparation.
✅ Are there any door draughts in your house? We don’t see them around so much anymore, but those lovely sausage-type draught excluders can make a real difference to keeping your home warm. Ones to keep your eyes open for!
✅ Consider drawing your curtains at night to reduce the heat loss you can experience from windows; it will make your home feel warm and cosy too.
✅ If you have radiators, then do make sure there is nothing in front of them to stop the heat from circulating – this can include long curtains that can also prevent the radiators from doing their best job!
If you are struggling to make changes needed in your home, then maybe an advocate can help. www.opaal.org.uk ... See MoreSee Less
5 days ago
We are heading into amazing Autumn (my favourite season)! 🍁😃🍂But it’s not just the falling leaves and the acorns that are attracting our attention – it is also noticeably far wetter and slippier on the ground when all of us are out and about. Here at Together HQ we have even dug out the ice scraper for the car in case it will be needed soon!🥶
So it brings to mind the importance of fall prevention – the risks of which are increased in the colder weather for obvious reasons. So before the clocks change here are 4 things older people and their loved ones should consider to prevent falls this winter.
✅ Go and have a full medication review. Make sure that you are not on a medication that increases the risk of falling and if you are, can you reduce it or taken an alternative.
✅ Check your blood pressure. If your blood pressure is on the lower side and if it drops when you stand up, this can be a major factor in destabilising you and leading to a fall.
✅ Have your balance, leg strength and gait checked over by a qualified person. Usually a few key exercises can make a huge difference in ensuring you are steady on your feet.
✅ Check you home for trip hazards, and maybe make a few modifications. Small changes to steps, rugs, hand rails can make an enormous difference to an older person’s safety!
With the global pandemic progressing and likely to be an issue all winter, no one wants to be in hospital if they can help it – so let’s get ahead of “falling risks” this autumn and all stay safe together.
Find out more about independent advocacy here: www.opaal.org.uk
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There has been an amazing project undertaken by the University of York about what civil society is going to look like going forwards. Our very own Eileen Rudden wrote a thoughtful piece about how a society can only be considered if it is inclusive - therefore older people's needs and wants must be heard!
Her article is listed amongst some other fascinating and influential contributors - well worth a read! Well done Eileen!
Check out the project here!
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Wow indeed!😁😁😁Anne Brokenbrow turned 107 last week and said she "feels 16 all over again!" 💜
To celebrate her big day, Anne enjoyed a visit from her family, a card from Queen Elizabeth II and a birthday cake. On her secret to a long life, Anne said, "We are just normal people...but I haven’t done anything special to reach this age."
"I feel like 16 again as I haven’t changed, but if I’m 107 then that is obviously quite something to be proud of as not many people reach that age."
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It's worth a couple of minutes just looking at this. Better to be safe...⚠️ Scammers are posing as County Court bailiffs and targeting users via email.
If you’re unsure whether communication from a bailiff is genuine, you can check guidance here:
If you think you've been scammed, report it to Action Fraud: www.actionfraud.police.uk ... See MoreSee Less