Our 10 tips for better ageing

Archive for March, 2012

Our 10 tips for better ageing

Friday, March 30th, 2012

1. Eat a healthy diet

  • Eat plenty of fruit and vegetables – aim for five portions a day.
  • Too much salt increases your risk of high blood pressure and stroke. Check food labels for the salt content, particularly in processed meats, savoury snacks, biscuits, bacon, soups and ready meals.
  • Too much saturated fat raises cholesterol and increases the risk of heart disease and stroke. Foods high in saturated fat include biscuits, cakes, pastries, sausages, meat pies, fatty meat and cheese.
  • Don’t drink too much alcohol. Know how many units you are drinking, and speak to your GP if you find yourself regularly having a drink to help you cope.

2. Exercise

You don’t have to join an exercise class or the gym – things like gardening, playing tennis or bowls, or going for a brisk walk can be just as effective.

Just make sure you check with your doctor if you have a condition or haven’t exercised in a while. 

 3. Don’t smoke

It’s never too late to feel the benefits of giving up smoking. Ask your GP or pharmacist about local one-to-one or group support and anti-smoking medication.

4. Get regular health checkups

Speak to your GP if there is a family history of heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, This helps identify any problems before symptoms arise.

Don’t ignore invites for a flu jab  or cancer screening. NHS screening programmes for breast, bowel and cervical cancer are there to pick up problems at an early stage.

5. Protect your eyes

Take advantage of free NHS sight tests if you’re eligible. Have your eyes checked every two years, or annually if you are aged 70 or over.

6. Have a positive attitude about ageing

Research shows that older people who have a positive attitude to ageing, and who work with the changes it brings, tend to have better health and live longer than those who see only the negatives.

Devoting time to old friends and favourite hobbies is important – but remember to explore new interests too. It’s easy to meet new friends, try new activities or share something you enjoy in your local area.

7. Avoid excessive sun exposure 9. Get sufficient good-quality sleep

Getting a decent night’s sleep isn’t just about beating tiredness. Good-quality sleep has additional health benefits, such as reducing your risk of depression , lowering inflammation, helping stress and even improving your heart  While it’s good to get outside and enjoy good weather, it’s important that you take precautions when the sun is out. There are odd occasions when very high temperatures and humidity can present a risk to health, and many of us can be particularly susceptible to heat-related illness.

Inward and Outward Walk-in Bath Doors

Monday, March 26th, 2012

Inward and Outward Walk-in Bath Doors

When choosing your walk in bath there are a number of decisions to be made to suit your needs, one being a very important part of the bath and your bathroom – the bath door.

Why should you choose an inward or outward swinging door?

The older style walk in baths normally have an outward door but the inward door style is becoming very popular and the new designs are now mainly inward doors.

Below are the main points to consider when deciding between an inward and outward opening door.

Watertight Seal around the Door

The inward door has a watertight seal which should prevent any leaks whilst in the bath as the water pressure holds the door shut, but with the outward door there is a chance the water could leak around the seal causing a risk of slipping when you exit the bath and causing possible damage to your bathroom floor.

Opening and Closing the Door

To open and close the outward door you have to reach out and open from the outside of the bath but with the inward door you open from inside the bath which is much easier whilst in the sitting position. Also there is no obstruction from the inward door if left open but the outward door could cause an obstruction making it a potential risk to persons using the bathroom and if the bath has just been used the water could drip from the door onto the floor making it slippery.

Space to use the Door

With an outward opening door you have to take into consideration where the sanitary goods are in the bathroom as this could prevent the outward door opening as the goods could be in the way. You won’t need to worry about this if you choose an inward opening door as it only takes the space inside the bath.

On most designs even though the door is opening inside the bath there should be enough space for you to get in and out easily. This would be advisable to try when you are looking at the models as it is important you can get in and out with ease.

Opening the Door whilst in the Bath

The outward door can be accidentally opened whilst the walk in bath is being used but this is not the case with an inward door due to the water pressure closing the door tight. You can get out of the outward opening door quickly which is an advantage if there is an emergency but with the inward door you have to wait until all the water has been drained away

Free bus passes for elderly may be cut by councils after Government

Wednesday, March 21st, 2012

Is this the  end of free bus travel ?

 All bus operators will need to cut back on free bus travel  if subsidies are cut – and the pensioned people   could miss out

Free bus travel for the pensioned could be cut back due to budget cuts.

A time limit may be imposed on when passes are valid, in what campaigners warn will be the beginning of the end for concessionary travel.

Pensioners and the disabled are currently entitled to free off-peak travel in England.

These could include axing bus routes through rural areas or large estates, leaving vulnerable residents isolated.

Those eligible are entitled to free off-peak travel on local buses anywhere in England.

Local councils also offer other concessions including free travel during the morning peak, community transport services, reduced rail fares or companion passes. These usually apply only in the local area.

Afternoon Activities for the Elderly

Thursday, March 1st, 2012
  1. Visiting a Park
    • What better way to enjoy a sunny afternoon than visiting a local park? Parks are an ideal place to spend an afternoon because they accommodate a great range of activities, set up a picnic or simply take in the sights and fresh air. Regardless of how much physicality you’re up for, a park makes for a fine setting.

Museums and Libraries

  1.  
    • If you or friends and family aren’t feeling outdoorsy at the moment, a visit to a museum or a library might be in the cards. Not only are both places full of interesting sights and facts, they appeal to those like peace and quiet. Museums and libraries often provide accommodations like wheelchairs for seniors, so call ahead if you’d like special arrangements.

Senior Centres

  1.  
    • Dedicated centres for senior recreation exist all over the country. Visitors can participate in organized activities such as arts and crafts fairs, games like billiards, and exercise programs tailored to seniors. Senior centres also hold health and wellness programs and provide screenings for blood pressure and hearing, and even daily meal programs. Perhaps most important, senior centres are great places to meet other people and make new friends.

New Hobbies

  1.  
    • Hobbies are a way of doing something enjoyable while keeping the mind sharp at the same time. Whether it be knitting, painting or even learning a new language, pursuing a passion is a most rewarding experience. Many schools offer seniors the chance to take or audit classes at a reduced charge or for no charge at all.

Videogames

  1.  
    • The days of videogames being a strictly sedentary activity for kids are over. Videogames popular with the senior crowd include Wii Sports and Wii Fit because of their use of actual player movement for control simulates bowling, baseball and exercising. Other games like Brain Training for the Nintendo DS handheld provide puzzles designed to exercise your brain muscle