Older People

The vast majority of older people will maintain good mental well being. While older people face a number of risks to their mental health particular to their age, small changes such as keeping physically active, eating a healthy diet and maintaining strong social networks and friendships can do much to overcome these. Poor mental health is not an inevitability of ageing and through the promotion of a healthy lifestyle the majority of people will stay mentally healthy and fit, as they grow older.

Poor physical health has been strongly linked to increased levels of mental health problems, with 40% of people who suffer strokes developing depression as a result.

Social isolation is most prominent amongst older people. Retirement, bereavement, the possibility of poverty and failing health can lead to a decline in social networks and an increased sense of isolation and loneliness.

Keep Well This Winter

It is important to stay fit and healthy throughout the winter months. This project provides information and support on staying healthy, useful tips for heating your home effectively, information on the financial support available and steps for preparing your home for the winter

Five top tips for keeping well and warm

  1. Heat your home well. Keep your rooms heated to a temperature between 18-21 degrees c (64-70 degrees F).
  2. Dress well for warmth. Several thin layers of clothing will keep you warmer than one thick layer . Cloths made from wool, cotton or fleecy material are best. If you need to go out remember to wrap up warmly and wear a hat.
  3. Get financial support. There are grants, benefits and sources of advice available to make your home more energy efficient, improve your heating or help with bills.
  4. Eat well. Food is a vital source of energy, which helps to keep your body warm. Try to make sure you have hot meals and drinks regularly throughout the day.
  5. Get a flu jab. You can get a free flu jab from your GP if you are over 65, have a long term health condition or are the main carer for an elderly or disabled person.

For more information on keeping warm, keeping well, keeping safe click here 

Age UK offer a free home energy check scheme. Leaflet

Caerphilly Care and Repair offer home improvement services to enable older and vulnerable people to live independently in their own homes for as long as possible.

Heating and insulation improvements. NEST is a scheme aiming to reduce the number of households in fuel poverty and make Welsh homes warmer and more fuel-efficient places to live. NEST provides free, impartial advice on saving energy, money management, benefit entitlement and whether you're eligible for home improvements at no extra cost under the scheme.  

If you are worried about the cost of heating your home you can call 0808 808 2244 free from a landline or mobile phone. Also click NEST

Silver Line helpline for lonely elderly

helpline for elderly people who struggle with loneliness has been launched across the UK by Esther Rantzen.  Need help? Call us ANYTIME on: 0800 4 70 80 90

 

Over 50 Caerphilly

Caerphilly 50 Plus Forum is an independent voluntary organisation run by older people for the benefit of older people. Our aim is to improve the quality of life for the over 50 residents of Caerphilly Borough. Natter That Matters

 

Want to get out and about more?

Did you know there are Intergenerational Clubs around the borough ?

Do you know someone who is isolated from their community or family? Someone who doesn't have a lot of confidence? Someone who appears lonely? Learn about our Community Connectors

 

Be Winter WiseBe Winter Wise

Will the Winter Wise Owl's messages for you this winter are: 

  • Beat flu before it beats you
  • Keep Warm, Keep Well, Keep Safe
  • Make sure you Choose Well so that you can get the right care at the right time

 

 

Facts

People over 55 account for a third of suicides each year.

One in six people develop clinical depression after they reach the age of 65 and this figure can rise to more than one in three for people living in care homes.