Older Adults

Befriending

Befriending

The befriending scheme in Shetland helps people aged 60+ who have limited social contact and support by matching them with a “befriender” or volunteer to spend time with.

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Combating Loneliness

Combating Loneliness

Anybody of any age can be lonely. Loneliness can have a huge impact on your health and it can be very difficult to ask for help or support. The information below could help you or someone you know - don't be afraid to let someone know how you are feeling.

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Falls Prevention

Falls Prevention

Anyone can have a fall, but as you get older you are more likely to fall, and more likely to be injured if you do. There are a few things that make you more at risk of falls such as problems with sight, different medications and hazards in your home. Most falls do not cause serious injuries, but there is a risk of bumps, bruises and broken bones. Falls can also seriously affect your confidence in being up and about.

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Healthy Eating

Healthy Eating

As you get older your tastes and appetites can change – it is still important to follow a eat well and try to maintain a healthy weight. For most people following a healthy, balanced diet will keep you on track.

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Mental Health

Mental Health

Mental health is about thoughts, feelings, relationships, and how you feel in yourself. There are lots of things that can affect our mental health – for better and worse. Your mental health has a big influence on everything in your life - it can affect your sleep, your relationships with others, your appetite and even how well you recover after being ill.

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Dementia

Dementia

There are different kinds of Dementia and “Alzheimer’s Disease” is the most common. Dementia is a lot more common the older you get, but it can happen to younger people too.

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Physical Activity

Physical Activity

If you are over 65 you should aim to do the same amount of exercise as other adults – 150 minutes a week, and exercise to strengthen muscles 2 days a week. If you feel like your legs are weaker, or you have any problems with balance you should also do exercise to improve your balance and coordination 2 times a week.

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Pensions & Benefits

Pensions & Benefits

There is a lot of information available about pensions and benefits, and the details always seem to be changing - even the age you get your pension at might have changed! Plenty of people like to tell you how to spend, save and invest your money – but it can be difficult to work out who to listen to and who to trust. Knowing who to ask and where to look for advice and information can help you be confident in your financial situation.

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Bereavement

Bereavement

Losing someone close to you is an inevitable part of life – that doesn’t make it any easier when it happens, even if the death is expected. Often this is called "Bereavement".

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