Older People's Network

A member of the Surrey Business, Surrey Heath, Guildford and Surrey communities

About Older People's Network

The Older Peoples Network brings together people in Guildford, Waverley and Surrey Heath to share information and encourage best practice in supporting the needs of older people.

Meeting four times a year, Network members include health professionals, council representatives, individuals, and voluntary sector organisations.

Anyone with an interest in ageing or issues of relevance to older people is welcome to attend. If you would like more information please email info@vasws.org.uk

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Disability Empowerment Network

The Disability Empowerment Network Surrey enables disabled people to keep in contact with their local communities and encourages all to have a say in local health, social care and other public services.

Made up of four local groups who meet quarterly, the network is run by disabled people and carers in close partnershipwith Surrey Coalition of Disabled People.

To find out more about the network and to join:

Visit: www.surreycc.gov.uk/disabilitygroups

Phone/SMS/text: 07970 749933

Email: asc.engagement@surreycc.gov.uk

Write to:

Information and Engagement Team,

Surrey County Council, Room 34, County Hall,

Penrhyn Road, Kingston upon Thames, KT1 2DA

AGE UK SURREY SEES AN INCREASE IN ANXIETY AND DEPRESSION AMONGST OLDER PEOPLE

10th May 2018

The latest wellbeing data from the Office of National Statistics shows that overall satisfaction with health (including mental health) is declining and more people are suffering from anxiety and depression year on year. Research commissioned by You Gov and Age UK has confirmed that around half of the over 55s say they have experienced anxiety. This trend is also borne out by evidence gathered by Age UK Surrey, the charity that supports people in later life. In the last 6 months over a third (36%) of counselling clients have presented with anxiety as their prevailing issue. This is in contrast to a year ago when only 14% of counselling clients reported feeling anxious.

Mental Health Awareness week (14-20 May) gives us an opportunity to consider what mental health is all about, and what steps we can all take to improve and maintain our emotional wellbeing.

Put simply, mental health is about the ways we think, feel and behave. Everyone feels down or worried from time to time, especially at times of change such as the loss of a loved one, or relationship breakdown. In fact a small degree of stress in life is perfectly normal. But living in a chronic state of stress can lead to serious problems both physical, including heart disease, and emotional, such as low mood that interferes with day to day life. Anxiety is excessive worry and if not managed can lead to panic. Anxiety and panic often manifest in physical symptoms such as increased heart rate, sleeplessness, Irritable Bowel Syndrome and tension headaches.

Counselling is one way that can help. Having someone to talk to who is non-judgemental and who can give practical techniques to help manage symptoms can make a real difference and positive impact to a person’s life.

Jo Williams, Age UK Surrey’s Counselling Co-ordinator said “A lot of older people are struggling with stress and anxiety and perhaps don’t feel they can talk to their close friends and family about it. Talking to a trained counsellor in complete confidentiality can make a real difference to a person’s outlook and wellbeing. Best of all, we can see the client in their own home, and we can get to them quickly – which is usually what someone who is worried or upset needs. The average lead time from initial telephone enquiry to the first face-to-face counselling session is currently only 12 days.”

For more information about Age UKSurrey Services, including Counselling across the County please visit our website: www.ageuk.org.uk/surrey

Wheelchair Users Survey

Please find below a link to the survey for Wheelchair users, please do share this with anyone you know who uses a wheelchair, their parents or carers.

This survey follows on from the workshop that was held in February 2018.

Feedback from that workshop is also available.

http://www.surreydownsccg.nhs.uk/get-involved/have-your-say/

http://www.surreydownsccg.nhs.uk/get-involved/have-your-say/

Engaging With Ageing - Farnham

Rightat Home have started a new monthly event in Farnham “Engaging with Ageing” – adrop in session with coffee and biscuits for anyone looking for advice aroundgetting older (please see attached flyer). If anyone would like somepaper copies of the flyer, please can they contact Alastair Shanks – alastair.shanks@rightathomegf.co.uk/ 07891 185199 – and he will arrange delivery.

Shingles vaccination now available

If you’re aged 70 or above, you may receive a letter from your GP inviting you for a vaccination to protect you from shingles, something the public health

teamwould strongly encourage you to accept.

GP practices across Dorset, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight are writing to eligible patients to ensure older people are protected from the nasty,debilitating and, in some cases, long lasting illness.

Shingles is caused by the same virus as chickenpox. A bout of chickenpox does not protect you from shingles; the virus remains in your system and can be reactivated when the immune system is weakened – something which happens as we get older.

Shingles consists of a very itchy, painful rash that commonly affects one area of the body. It can also affect nerves, including those in the face and eyes. Before the rash breaks out, people often feel tired and run-down and may have a slight fever.

For somepeople, the pain of shingles can persist for several months, or even years, afterthe rash has disappeared. Complications of shingles can also be fatal foraround 1 in 1,000 over-70s who develop the illness. This is why it is soimportant that eligible people take up the offer and get vaccinated against thevirus.

Dr Stephen Poole, Infectious Diseases and Medical Microbiology Registrar, Wessex said: “Shingles can lead to pain and misery for many elderly people, so please check your eligibility for the vaccine with your GP practice and book an appointment as soon as possible. One simple injection can save you having to go through a long and painful illness.”

Gwynneth Moore, from Hampshire, was diagnosed with shingles five years ago and has the following advice: "Shingles can develop almost anywhere on your face or body but the first symptom I had was an acute pain in my eye. Two days later, a rash appeared all over the side my face and head and I feel generally unwell. I was diagnosed with shingles and have been taking medication for five years. My eye remains painful and the virus has caused my sight to deteriorate. I cannot emphasise enough the pain and misery of shingles. Shingles has had the most devastating effect on my life and I would certainly recommend the vaccination to all eligible elderly people.''

Clare Simpson, Consultant in Public Health and Screening and Immunisation Lead in the Wessex area said: “Shingles can lead to pain and misery for many elderly people, so please check your eligibility for the vaccine with your GP practice and book an appointment as soon as possible for your injection. One simple vaccination can save you having to go through a long, painful and debilitating illness”

The shingles vaccine will often be offered alongside the annual flu vaccine, but it can be given at any time during the year.

People who become eligible for the vaccine remain eligible until their 80th birthday. People nearing their 80th birthday are particularly encouraged to book an appointment for vaccination if they have not already done so to ensure they are protected.

The NHS encourages eligible people to speak to their GP practice to arrange to be vaccinated.

More information about the shingles is on the NHS Choices website here, along with detailed information about eligibility for the shingles vaccine.

Man with a Pan

A community project teaching older men how to cook.

Man with a pan community cookery courses, Social dining events, preparing food for people in need.

For more information about the project contact

camberley.alzheimercafe@aol.co.uk

communitychef.org.uk/man-with-a-pan

C a m b e r l e y A l z h e i m e r C a f é ' s

Apply for one of our free locking cooker valves

Do you know someone living with Dementia whose safety ispotentially compromised by them having a gas cooker? The information belowexplains how a locking cooker valve can be obtained free of charge.

Cadent can fit a lockable safety device (locking cooker valve) to the pipework of a gas cooker or hob – this service is free of charge and is installed by one of their own engineers. This simple safety device will help a person living in a vulnerable situation retain their independence, and provide reassurance to family, friends and carers.

When you care for a vulnerable person, such as someone living with dementia or autism, you may need extra safeguarding in place. A locking cooker valve can help someone stay safe in their own home. The valve can easily be turned off and on and locked by the carer, enabling the person you care for to continue to use their gas cooker safely. When the valve is locked, the gas supply is isolated which means if the cooker is unintentionally turned on or left on when you are out of the room, there is no risk of gas escaping.

If you are a carer or health service provider and know someone who could benefit from this free service, please tell Cadent more by completing the form (via the link below). Cadent will arrange a home visit to fit the device. A carer or relative will need to be there when they visit, to agree the valve's position. If the property is rented you will need to seek the permission of the landlord to have the work done.

With your help, Cadent can provide a locking cooker valve to vulnerable people in our communities across the UK.

Follow the link below to apply for a locking cooker valve

https://cadentgas.com/Emergencies-safety/Safeguarding/Locking-Cooker-Valves

Zest Activity and Social Club

Contact details

Telephone - 01227 913418

Email - zestsurrey@brightshadow.org.uk

Website - www.brightshadow.org.uk

Cafe Culture at Bill's restaurant in Guildford

Age UK Surrey and Bill's bring you Cafe Culture for anyone aged 50+

Tuesday's from 3pm- 5pm

Bill's Restaurant, 1 Angel Gate, Guildford, Surrey, GU1 4AE

Contact Age UK Surrey for more information

Telephone - 01483 503414

Email - enquiries@ageuksurrey.org.uk

Website - www.ageuksurrey.org.uk/surrey

Stroke Survivors - Join The Club

Have you had a stroke and feel isolated in your own home?

Are you longing for a little free time every week?

We are a small, friendly club run by volunteers, meeting every Monday except Bank Holidays at Malthouse Court in Shalford.

We chat, do simple exercises, play games and enjoy entertainment. There are outings, pub lunches, musical afternoons, speakers and quizzes.

We provide refreshments, a small raffle and celebrate members' birthdays with a cake.

Sparked your interest?

Contact Isobel - 01483 569549

or Lesley - 01483 416968

RVS Onward Stroke Club, Malthouse Court, The Street, Shalford, GU4 8BJ

Meeting Mondays - 2-4pm

Email - isobel.bernhard@bluemail.ch