Subject tag: Older People

09 May 2016

To celebrate Dementia Awareness Week 2016 Healthwatch Enfield’s very own Lucy Whitman has organised special events where she will present her book People with Dementia Speak Out. In the book, twenty-three people from diverse backgrounds share their experiences of living with dementia. The personal accounts demonstrate that with the right support at the right time, and above all with opportunities to continue to contribute to society in a meaningful way, it is possible to live well with.......

11 January 2016

Of the 1.2 million Freedom Pass holders across London, around 138,000 Older Persons pass holders will need to renew their passes from January to March 2016. London Councils, the body which administers the Freedom Pass scheme, will be sending out a letter to all Older Persons Freedom Pass holders whose pass is due to expire. These letters will be sent on the 13th January. Following the success of the last year’s renewal, where 74% completed the process online, you will again be able to.......

11 January 2016

A researcher at the Royal College of Art is appealing for people to help answer questions about the problems which some older people find in using digital technologies.  By interviewing people who  have difficulty using computers, mobile phones etc or are simply not keen on trying them, Emily Groves is contributing to a joint Swiss-UK project to design a digital tool to enhance social ties for older people in existing communities.  The research will also be used to help improve.......

07 January 2016

Enfield residents aged 50 or above may qualify for free a free energy check of their home and advice about how to stay warmer without paying higher bills for gas and electricity.  If appropriate the HEET scheme will arrange for work to be done free of charge. If you think you or someone you know might qualify, don't delay, as the scheme is funded only up to 29th January (and the rest of the winter is expected to be much colder than it has been so far). Why does it matter if my home is.......

05 January 2016

If you've ever suffered depression and it only started when you were 55 or older, the Royal Free Hospital would like to hear from you. The Royal Free is carrying out a study designed to improve the understanding of the causes of late-onset depression.  Volunteers are needed to help researchers investigate neural pathways in the brains of older people with depression, with the aim of developing more effective treatments. If you would like to take part you will be asked to attend the.......

04 December 2015

NHS England, in partnership with Age UK, Public Health England, and the Chief Fire Officer’s Association and Older People themselves, has published a Practical Guide to Healthy Ageing. The Guide helps people to stay physically and mentally well by providing “hints and tips” on how to keep fit and independent. While it is aimed at people of any age, it is particularly relevant for people aged around 70 years or older who are beginning to find that everyday tasks now take them.......

19 November 2015

No matter what your age, being loved and cared for is important to all of us. No one should have no one at Christmas.  But during Christmas the companionship and support of friends and family seems to mean even more than usual – which is why loneliness feels even harsher. At Age UK Enfield we believe no one should have no one. Not at Christmas. Not ever. Yet for 40,000 older people in London loneliness is a daily reality. And we don’t just mean at Christmas. How you can.......

22 October 2015

Delivered in conjunction with the HEET Project, Age UK Enfield is offering free home energy visits to people aged 50 and over living in the London Borough of Enfield.  The service is particularly aimed at older people who are finding it difficult to keep their homes warm and are therefore at risk of cold-related illnesses. This could include people who are struggling to pay their bills, who are in fuel debt, who have no heating, or don’t know how to work.......

21 October 2015

Some special events coming up at the Ruth Winston Centre: Annual Meeting at RWC - anyone can join us for the annual meeting in the Davies Room on Thursday 22nd October 2015 at 2.30pm, light refreshments after. First come first serve for a seat. Women First Guided Walk:  Saturday 24th October 2015 Meet St Pauls underground by cafe Nero 11am.  This surprising walk relates some interesting stories about pioneering women in The City.  Led by Joe Studman -  07875 537.......

15 October 2015

Companion animals and the elderly It is widely acknowledged that pets can positively benefit the well-being of elderly owners. For many elderly people living on their own, their pets are their reason for living. They are constant companions - on hand 24 hours a day, every day, comforting, loving and protecting their owners - not only from outside threats, but also offering the more subtle form of protection from loneliness and despair. Pets are warm and intensely loyal. They do not.......

24 June 2015

SOUP ukulele bandThe Ruth Winston Centre opened its doors to the local community on Saturday 20 June 2015 in conjunction with the Palmers Green Shopping Carnival to host an open day. Andrew Rycraft & Maria Vaz – members of the Winstonian Art GroupDemonstrations from Poetry and Drama groups, Tai Chi, Yoga and Latin American & Line Dance classes, Arm Chair exercise and Zumba Gold were performed throughout the day. Anyone who could came in to give it a try for themselves. There were.......

22 June 2015

Many people run, swim or cycle to raise money for charity, a few people do two out of three of these things and even fewer combine all three, but one grandmother who does is 72-year-old Eddie Brocklesby, Britain's oldest competing "Ironman" triathlete. And she only took up sport when she was over 50! Eddie, who recently was listed in the Independent on Sunday’s 100 Happy List 2015, said: "I only started running when I was 50, and competing in triathlons when I was sixty-two. You're never.......

23 January 2015

Healthwatch Enfield are recommending A Practical Guide to Healthy Ageing, which has just been published jointly by NHS England and Age UK.  According to the introduction, "the advice in this booklet will help improve the health and general fitness of people of any age, but it is written to be particularly relevant for people who are about 70 years or older. "People of this age, and sometimes younger, begin a ‘slowing-down’ process related to the effects of ageing on their body. This is a.......

30 November 2014

Keeping House' is Enfield Council's innovative scheme for property owners living in long term residential care. For people moving into long-term care the cost, time and effort needed to maintain an empty property can prove challenging. Properties often remain unoccupied for lengthy periods of time, falling into disrepair and can attract anti-social behaviour. Under this scheme homes can be leased to the Council for a fixed period of time (five years) and provide guaranteed rental income to.......

16 November 2014

Are you over 60?  Are you 16-23? If so, join us for exciting FREE performance workshops leading to a 15 minute performance event at Bernie Grant Arts Centre. The workshops are linked to the only Tottenham performance of a new play, The Honey Man by Tyrone Huggins, touring from Birmingham REP. No previous performance necessary – workshops will be fun and based around the lives and stories of the participants. All welcome. First introductory workshop No obligation but if you want to.......

17 April 2014

U3A stands for University of the Third Age. It began in France in 1972 with U3As attached to existing universities. The core of the U3A in the UK, which started in 1982, is self directed learning. In the UK there are now over 900 U3As with nearly 320,000 members. Nobody has to stop learning just because they have stopped working. The University of the Third Age is for people who want to keep active in mind and body. There's first age learning at school or college, followed by second age.......