Ageing Well Roadshows launch in Wakefield

Older residents in Wakefield will receive a wealth of tips and advice on staying well in later life through a series of ‘ageing well’ events in May.

Spectrum Community Health has joined Age UK Wakefield District and WDH to launch roadshows promoting healthier lifestyles in later life, including advice and information on gentle exercise, nutrition, safer drinking, minimising the risk of trips and falls and handling nuisance callers. The “Ageing Well” events, aimed at residents aged 55 and over, will take place in community centres at  WDH’s Independent Living Schemes from 2 May.

Andy Simms, Community Alcohol Development Practitioner for Spectrum, will be talking to residents about drinking responsibly. He says: “Statistically, over-65s drink less alcohol than any other age group – which can lead to a belief that older people aren’t at risk from alcohol harms or are less likely to experience problem drinking. However, older people who drink regularly are also at greater risk from falls and injuries, hypertension and strokes than younger drinkers, as well as other alcohol-related illnesses which can worsen over time. The Ageing Well events will be a chance to understand the health impact of alcohol and share information on staying within the safe guidelines.”

Ageing Well: a partnership project

Age UK Wakefield District is supporting the events, which will take place in WDH Independent Living schemes across Pontefract, Castleford, South Kirkby and Wakefield.Sarah Roxby, WDH’s Service Director Wellbeing said: “‘Our vision to create confident communities includes promoting healthy lifestyles and wellbeing to our tenants. We are delighted to be supporting these important events at our independent living schemes to benefit the whole community.’”

Helen Morris, Age UKs engagement lead for Wakefield District, said: “Looking after our health is no less important as we age, and even small lifestyle changes can make a difference in helping older people live better, for longer. “Ageing well” isn’t just about getting older, but about staying active and maintaining physical and emotional wellbeing into later life.”

Throughout the half-day sessions, older residents will also take part in quizzes related to healthy ageing and get the chance to pick up a free goodybag with information about other local services. Local partners will also take part in sessions to raise awareness of fraud and showcase tips on how to spot common telephone scams, which sometimes target the elderly. To find out more about Ageing Well events in your area, email PR@Spectrum-cic.nhs.uk