The Definitive Guide To Healthy Living For Older People was developed by Bluebird Care, who have revolutionised the way care is delivered in Ireland by concentrating on high quality customer service, whilst at the same time upholding the very best in professional care service provision both in the home and in the community.
Bluebird Care believe there is no reason why you can’t remain sprightly and living a perfectly active and healthy lifestyle well into your golden years. The guide aims to increase wellbeing amongst older people. They believe by making a few simple adjustments to day to day living and following their definitive guide to healthy living for older people, you can ensure you remain active and healthy for decades to come.
Find out more – www.bluebirdcare.ie
The Big Lunch aims to get as many people as possible across the whole of the UK to have lunch with their neighbours once a year in a simple act of community, friendship and fun. In 2013 the Big Lunch date is Sunday 2 June.
Since starting in 2009 with the backing of the Eden Project, thousands of Big Lunches have taken place in all types of community across the UK. In 2012 8.5million people took part. Big Lunch has had a particular impact connecting older people to their neighbours.
Age of Creativity is an online platform to share, celebrate and inspire work in the field of arts and older people.
Launched in December 2012, Age of Creativity aims to foster collaboration and discussion between practitioners, facilitators, artists and organisations through showcasing pioneering work and providing a shared space to exchange ideas, opportunities and resources.
The site has been created by a team working in collaboration with Age UK Oxfordshire and with the support of the Baring Foundation who recognised that involvement and participation in the arts can improve wellbeing and reduce social isolation (report).
The site is simple to use so that the community of users can co-curate and collaborate on what Age of Creativity looks like.
For more info see http://www.ageofcreativity.co.uk/ or their blog of projects for arts in older age
Launched in 2012, The World Health Organisation’s age-friendly environments programme is an international effort to address the environmental and social factors that contribute to active and healthy ageing.
More 40 cities from across the world have signed the ‘Dublin Declaration’ expressing their commitment to creating age-friendly cities which address the needs of older people in respect to: the built environment, transport, housing, social participation, respect and social inclusion, civic participation and employment, communication, and community support and health services.
The initiative was prompted by the fact that in 2008, for the first time in history, the majority of the world’s population lived in cities. Yet our urban landscapes are often not very age-friendly – they lack spaces to sit, regular public toilets, accessible public transport and more.
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Research shows that loneliness has a similar impact on mortality as smoking, and is worse for us than obesity. It has significant links to hypertension, depression, and increases the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease by 50% (which costs the NHS an estimated £20 billion a year).
The Campaign to End Loneliness is a coalition of organisations and individuals working together through research, policy, campaigning and innovation to combat loneliness and inspire individuals to keep connected in older age in the UK. It has created policy briefings, advice for local Health and Wellbeing Boards and is working with Esther Rantzen on The Silver Line.
The Campaign is backed by a coalition of organisations including WRVS, Independent Age, and Age UK Oxfordshire, and is funded by the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation.
For more information: http://www.royalvoluntaryservice.org.uk/