February 2018 - Healthy Ageing

What is "Healthy Ageing"?

As we get older our lives change as do our health risks and needs. Healthy ageing is about continuing to do the things we enjoy for as long as possible.

There a number of ways in which we can prepare for and manage these changes to ensure that we are able to continue living health and happy lives; carry on reading to learn more about the services available to us.

Staying Active
It's important to try and remain active, even as we get older. Official NHS guidance suggests that we should try to maintain at least 150 minutes of physical activity over the course of a week.
The easiest way keep active is to do something which you enjoy such as sports, gardening or walking which have a number of benefits including mental well-being.
 
Walk for Health
Walk for Health is a national programme of free weekly, social walks for communities and families consisting of a range of short, medium and longer walks. Kingston walks are led by qualified walk leaders, graded to suit a range of abilities and take place in some of the most beautiful open spaces Kingston has to offer. Call 020 8547 6815 for more information.
 
Cycle Kingston
Cycle Kingston offers a variety of opportunities for cycling in Kingston. Whether you would like to join for group rides with your family or friends, learn how to ride a bike with qualified instructors, or hire a bike to explore the best Kingston has to offer, Cycle Kingston is the programme for you! Cycle Kingston programmes are either low-cost or free.
 
Get Active
Get Active is a structured 12-week exercise programme that offers a series of one to one sessions with a qualified exercise specialist. Sessions are offered at a reduced rate of £3.80 and a discounted gym membership will be offered if you complete the full 12 week course.
It is available for everyone who meets the following criteria:
  • Are over 16 years of age
  • Live or work in Kingston
  • Exercise less than half an hour, twice a week
  • Have a health condition (physical or mental) or your health is at risk due to your weight
To join, check with your GP or health professional that you are suitable for the programme and ask them to complete a Get Active referral form. Alternatively, you can call our Healthy Lifestyles confidential helpline on 020 8547 6815, or email [email protected]
 
Avoiding Falls
Falls and accidents at home can have a lasting impact such as injury or long term care, therefore it's important to do everything we can to minimise this risk. Poor vision, medication and trip hazards around the home can all be addressed to reduce the probability of having a fall.
 
Despite what many people think, falls can often be prevented and should not be accepted as an inevitable part of getting older. The Kingston Falls Prevention Service offers free assessments and interventions to help reduce the risk of falling.
 
The service also provides weekly exercise classes in a relaxed and fun environment to help improve strength and balance. Please call if you, or someone you care for, have experienced any of the following:
 
  • Stumbling or falling over regularly - even if you don't hurt yourself.
  • Being frightened of falling at home or when you are out.
  • Feeling less confident on your feet.
Our aim is to help you to stay healthy and well, living in your home safely. To make a referral or to get more information please call 020 8274 7088. You can also visit the Your Healthcare website
 
Bone Health
If you are over 50 and have been diagnosed with osteoporosis, or are at risk of osteoporosis, you may be eligible for a free group exercise and self management programme to improve your bone health and reduce your risk of fragility fractures in the future.
 
All residents over 50 can have an initial assessment of their bone health, and you are likely to be eligible for the programme if any of the following apply to you:
 
  • You have been diagnosed with osteopenia or osteoporosis.
  • You have had a previous fracture after a minor bump or fall.
  • You had an early menopause (before 45 years).
  • You have rheumatoid arthritis.
  • You have a family history of osteoporosis or hip fracture.
  • You regularly take oral steroids.
  • You smoke or consume more than three units of alcohol per day.
There is a free information session being held at Surbiton library on the 6th of March 2018 (10.30 - 11.45). It will cover a variety of topics such as; lifestyle, exercise, medication and nutrition to improve your bone health and reduce your risk of fragility fractures in the future.
 
Prior to the talk there is a 45 minute exercise class which you are welcome to join - if you wish to do so, please wear loose-fitting, comfortable clothes & shoes and bring some water to stay hydrated.
 
Surbiton Library Hall, Ewell Road, Surbiton KT6 6AG (building next to the library, first floor has lift and stair access). There is a small car park and additional parking available in nearby streets. Buses 281, 406, 418, 965 and K2 stop nearby.
 
Osteoarthritis Programme
Self management and exercises are beneficial in easing the symptoms of osteoarthritis. If you are over 45 and have osteoarthritis of the knee you could benefit from a free local 12 week programme and gain an understanding on how to maintain healthy joints and strong muscles.
For more information or to sign up to the Better Bones Service, contact the team on 030 0123 8086 or email [email protected].
 
National Diabetes Prevention Programme
The National Diabetes Prevention programme is a behavioural initiative for people (18 and above) who are at risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Reed Momenta is delivering the programme in Kingston (South London). Patients are referred on the programme via their GP surgeries if their HbA1c is identified within the range of 42-47mmol/mol.
 
NHS Health Checks
NHS Health Checks are offered from all GP surgeries and two pharmacies in KIngston (ACE and Laurel). It is for ages 40- 74 years who are at risk of developing heart disease, hypertension, high cholesterol, stroke and diabetes and atrial fibrillation. For further information about the programmes locally you can download our Healthy Lifestyles booklet.  

Fuel Poverty Prevention Service / Thinking Works
Are you:
  • Over 65?
  • Over 50 with a long term health condition?
  • Living in a cold home?
  • Experiencing high fuel bills?
Thinking Works provides free home visits including basic health screening and a review of how to make your home more energy efficient. In addition, the service offers free help to:
 
  • Get heating and insulation grants and loans from Kingston Council.
  • Show you ways to make your home warmer.
  • Show you how to reduce fuel bills.
  • Tell you about other services like your local Handy Person.
  • Install free devices to help you save on your water and energy use.
To book your free visit, call freephone 0800 118 2327.
 
Staywell
Staywell is an independent, award-winning charity providing a range of services for people in south-west London and Surrey. It offers a range of services and projects, both centre-based and in the community, designed to support people's independence and help them stay well.
 
These include supporting you at home, social centres, information advice and advocacy, six week exercise courses, Dementia Support and Kingston Community Furniture.
 
Staywell is based at Raleigh House Day Centre in New Malden. For more information call 020 8942 8256 or email: [email protected].
 
Kingston Dementia Action Alliance
The Kingston Dementia Action Alliance is made up of organisations across Kingston upon Thames, working together to radically improve the lives of people living with dementia and their carers.
 
The Reading Well Scheme
You can read a book, in your own time, at your pace, to help you understand and manage your health and wellbeing. The Reading Well scheme has compiled a reading list of books that give step-by-step self-help techniques. These help you manage common conditions including anxiety, stress, sleep problems, phobias and depression. The books have been recommended by experts. They have been tried and tested and found to be useful.
For more information call Kingston Library on 020 8547 6400 or email the scheme co-ordinator, Fiona Allison.
 
Social activity
Staying socially active is also important but can become harder as we get older. Seeing friends and family where possible is encouraged, as is meeting new people and trying new activities. Volunteer work is a great way to meet people and help others. Visit the Kingston Voluntary Action website for local volunteering opportunities. 
 
Elders Empowerment Programme (EEP) - Thursday drop-in
Every Thursday from 10am to 1pm at the Shiraz Mirza Community Hall in Norbiton. Booking required, call 020 8546 1560 or email [email protected] to confirm your attendance. Please note there is limited parking on site. 
 
Milaap Centre Kingston - Acre Road, Kingston
Members of the Milaap Centre can access help and advice, freshly prepared meals and a range of leisure activities including arts, crafts, dancing, gentle yoga and live entertainment. For more information call 020 85472887
 
Independent Age 
Founded over 150 years ago, Independent Age is an established voice for older people and their families and carers, offering free advice and information and providing services, such as befriending, to promote wellbeing and reduce loneliness.
 
All its services are free. Call 0800 319 6789 to find out what support you can access locally. 
 
The Silver Line (Helpline for older people) 
The Silver Line is the only free and confidential 24-hour helpline for older people across the UK open every day and night of the year, offering telephone friendship, information and advice. The helpline number is 0800 470 8090.
 
University of the Third Age Kingston (U3A)
U3A Kingston provides local learning and leisure opportunities for older people. There are regular sessions at the Richard Mayo Centre in Kingston. 
 
Citizens Advice Kingston (CAK)
If you need help and advice on any aspect of living well and independently as you get older, Kingston has a network of information and advice providers to assist you. Citizens Advice Kingston will make sure you get advice from the people best able to support your needs. 
 
If you are worried about the cost of care services as you get older, you can book a free appointment with the CAK Independent Financial Adviser by calling 020 3166 0953.