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Exercise and keeping active – better than resting for the elderly!

Instead of resting, older people should be exercising and keeping physically active, according to doctors.

A report in the British Medical Journal has called for a change in the current thinking that exercise is only for the young.

Older people need to take responsibility for their health and cut down the need for social care by keeping fit, say doctors.

Scarlett McNally, an orthopaedic surgeon and lead author of the report, said: “Social care can be preventable because the risk of disease, disability, dementia and frailty can be reduced.

“We need individuals to understand how to get active every day and to help their friends and family to be active. We need national and local organisations to build activity and active travel into our environments and to demand improvements. The improvements are quick.”

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Depressed elderly shouldn’t miss out on help because of a ‘stiff upper lip’ attitude

Half of older people experience mental health problems, but many feel they have to keep a stiff upper lip and soldier on rather than seek help.

According to YouGov’s research, depression is both the most common and most treatable mental illness in old age, which affects nearly eight million people aged 55 and over in the UK.

To mark World Mental Health Day, national charity Age UK is joining forces with NHS England to encourage older people to seek help and is calling on GPs to spot the warning signs earlier.

Caroline Abrahams, Age UK director, said: “In recent years there’s been nothing short of a cultural revolution in our willingness to be open about mental ill health, but it’s one that may well have left many older people behind. They grew up in an era when there was a real stigma associated with mental illness so for many these attitudes are deeply ingrained and still driving their behaviour today.”

’Feeling depressed or anxious is just something they have to put up with’

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Companionship services in Hastings in the community

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It saddens me to read the statistics about loneliness amongst our Senior Citizens and makes me passionate about promoting not just our Companionship Service but the local Community Groups working to provide activities and events that will enable people to come together and socialise.

One example of this was evident when I went along to The Isabel Blackman Centre on Thursday 28th September to support their Community Cake Sale. The cake and tea was appreciated, delicious and free, with cakes on sale to take home with you.

The organisers/staff/volunteers I spoke with were friendly and welcoming. The Country style singers ‘The Blue Bayou’ were just right for the occasion, with Rod working the stage and entertaining the visitors like a true professional, supported by carol who was charming and sung beautifully.  

Mostly I enjoyed seeing the elderly visitors happy and participating. I look forward to returning, the event is held on the last Thursday of every month.

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Changes to care services in East Sussex

Transformation of health and social care services in East Sussex is an ‘opportunity we must take’.

In an exclusive joint interview, two of the county’s most senior health bosses reflected on the challenges and successes of the East Sussex Better Together (ESBT) programme, which was set up three years ago in response to increasing demand on services due to an ageing population, and explained its next stages.

The partnership has seen two of East Sussex’s clinical commissioning groups and the county council working with East Sussex NHS Healthcare Trust, which runs both Hastings’ Conquest Hospital and Eastbourne’s District General Hospital, and Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust to both improve and integrate health and social care services.

 The next step is to create an accountable care model through the East Sussex Better Together Alliance, which provides a legal vehicle to formalise the changes and involves a shift away from payment by activity.
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