How to Make your Home Safer for Loved Ones with Alzheimers/Dementia
Women and Diabetes
The event will also focus on meeting the best outcomes for people with diabetes, while also looking to prevent future cases of type 2 diabetes. (Click here for an animated film on how to make healthy lifestyle changes when at risk of developing type 2 diabetes.)
The slogan for this year’s World Diabetes Day is “Our right to a healthy future”
Blind Association Information and Equipment Open Day
Northumberland County Blind Association (NCBA) are holding their annual Information and Equipment Open day on Thursday 7th September 2017, 10am – 2.30pm at Reiver House, Morpeth.
This year they have a number of Assistive Technology suppliers who will be on hand to offer expert advice, demonstrations and information about a range of Low Vision Aids (LVAs), suitable for blind and partially sighted people. Sight loss organisations including the Macular Society and Blind Veterans UK, along with Action for Hearing Loss will also provide information and advice about services and support.
They will be holding demonstrations of iPads, tablets, smartphones and eReaders for those with little knowledge or experience using these devices. In addition, a demonstration of the new OrCam MyEye (‘a wearable device with a smart camera designed to assist people who are blind or visually impaired’ – www.orcam.com) will take place on the day.
Free entry, sighted guides and refreshments are available on the day.
Click here to access the NCBA website.
Travel and Insurance Companies Specialising in Disabled People and their Carers
Why not have a go at a Sport?
Diabetes Wellness Day North
Diabetes Wellness News
Tyne and Wear Metro ‘I Need a Seat’ badges
Do you have a Motability vehicle? Do you know what is covered by the Motability insurance?
Blogs for Disabled People and their Carers
If you want to read some truly inspiring personal stories and insightful, practical articles relating to disability and getting older you’re in the right place. One of our contacts has scoured the internet to find the 100 best blogs for disabled people and carers. Just click on 100 Best Blogs to open up a whole world of stories and advice from osteoarthritis to MS and everything in between.
SHHH! Self Help Support Group for Hard of Hearing and Deafblind people
Deaflink is advertising a monthly self help support group for hard of hearing and deafblind members at St Andrew’s Church ground floor cafe (opposite NEXT and Eldon Square), Newgate Street, Newcastle NE1 5SS from 1.30-3.30pm on the first Tuesday of every month.
The group invites external speakers to present on topics linked to hearing loss and support services.
For more information, please contact Deaflink:
Minicom/Phone: 0191 281 2314
Text: 0789 732 9359
Wheelchair Accessible Taxis
We have recently added on our website a list of local taxi firms which have wheelchair accessible vehicles within their fleet. This can be found by clicking on ‘Useful Links’, then ‘Research’ on our homepage.
Exercise is Good for You…
…especially if you have diabetes.
In a recent study, researchers found that simply telling people with type 2 diabetes to “take a short walk right after meals” may be one of the best exercise prescriptions which can be given. Results from the study showed that post meal blood glucose levels dropped 12% on average when people with T2D walked for 10 minutes after three daily meals, compared with walking for 30 minutes at any time of the day, with the biggest effect coming from a 22% glycaemic drop in the 3 hours post evening meal.
A fuller report on this can be found at Exercise for Diabetics
Warm Home Discount Scheme
You may be entitled to £140 off your electricity bill this winter.
You qualify for the discount if on 10 July 2016 all of the following applied:
- your electricity supplier was part of the scheme
- your name (or your partner’s) was on the bill
- you were getting the Guarantee Credit element of Pension Credit (even if you get Savings Credit as well)
Further details can be found on the gov.uk website
The Golden Guide 2017
This is a new free handbook for over 50s full of details on all aspects of life. (NDF provided information for the original version of the handbook.) The handbook is available in libraries, GP surgeries and various other outlets, and can also be accessed online at Golden Guide 2016, or by post (phone 0191 386 5918).
We found an easy to read article on credit unions in the September-October 2016 edition of the Elders Council of Newcastle newsletter. Whether you are a potential saver, or whether you would benefit from a loan from a credit union, this could be the way into finding out more. Just click on the Elders Council newsletter September-October 2016 and turn to page 17.
Protect Yourself from Scams
The following Rica blog post provides practical advice on how to recognise scams, how to protect yourself, and where to report scams if you’ve been affected. Just click on the following for more information: Protect yourself from scams
Ostara (formerly Community Care Alarm Service) 24-hour response and support
There’s a very informative article on the above on page 20 of the Elders Council of Newcastle newsletter, May-June 2016 edition. The newsletter can be found at: Elders Council newsletter May-June 2016
Using your Bus Pass for a day out
Did you know that you can use your bus pass to enjoy a day out? For more information, please see the article on page 4 of the Elders Council of Newcastle newsletter, May-June 2016 edition. The newsletter can be found at: Elders Council newsletter May-June 2016