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Helping you and your loved ones live well in later life

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Every 10 seconds, a loved one in the UK has a fall. Find out your risk score in 2 minutes.

Lifestyle tips

Get expert tips for leading a healthy lifestyle in later life. Stay active, socialise, pay attention to mental wellbeing, and eat a balanced diet to thrive and enjoy life's precious moments.

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Every 10 seconds, a loved one in the UK has a fall. Find out your risk score in 2 minutes.

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Leisure and activities

Engaging in leisure activities is crucial for the overall wellbeing of older adults as it can alleviate stress, enhance sleep quality, and boost energy levels.

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Mental health and wellbeing

As we age, it's important to prioritise mental health by staying connected, doing fun activities, and seeking professional help if needed, leading to a positive outlook on later life.

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Seasonal advice

Discover ways to keep your elderly loved ones safe from extreme temperatures and seasonal changes. Learn how to keep them cool in the summer and warm in the winter with our advice and tips.

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Elderly care experts answer biggest questions about later life lifestyle

Discover valuable information through frequently asked questions that provide guidance for older adults on how to live a fulfilling life.

How can I improve my quality of life as an older or elderly person?

Focus on physical activity, a balanced diet, mental stimulation and social connections to improve or maintain quality of life as you get older. Emotional support is important, as well as regular health check-ups. Many people recommend staying curious and informed about the world. Pursue hobbies you enjoy and get in involved in volunteering to create a sense of purpose. Plan for the future, remaining positive and seeking new experiences. Remember to focus on what brings you joy, fulfilment, and a sense of purpose.

What are the common, basic needs of older adults?

As people age, they may need a little support to meet their basic needs. These needs include physical, emotional, intellectual, financial, and safety and security.

  • Physical needs involve providing nutritious food, regular exercise, medical care, and a safe living environment to maintain health and wellbeing.
  • Emotional needs include providing emotional support, companionship, and social interaction to combat loneliness and promote mental wellbeing.
  • Intellectual inspiration is essential through mentally stimulating activities like reading, puzzles, learning new skills, and pursuing hobbies to promote cognitive health.
  • Financial security is necessary to ensure access to financial resources and support to cover essential expenses and maintain a comfortable lifestyle.
  • Finally, safety and security are crucial to creating a safe living environment by removing hazards, implementing home modifications if needed, and having access to emergency assistance.

Meeting these basic needs can help elderly individuals maintain a higher quality of life, promote independence, and enjoy a fulfilling and meaningful later life.

What problems do elderly people often face in daily life?

As individuals grow older, they encounter a range of obstacles, including limited mobility, the loss of loved ones, children becoming independent and health ailments. It is important that as we age, we still feel valued and important - ageism devalues older adults and affects our sense of self-worth. Less social and professional involvement can affect our value and purpose and are among the most pressing social concerns that affect older adults.

How can I make my elderly parents life easier?

If you're finding yourself in a situation where your ageing parents need help, it can be overwhelming and stressful to figure out what to do. However, breaking down the problem into manageable steps can help you create a realistic plan to ensure your parents are healthy and happy.

Start by assessing your parent's needs in areas such as family support, home safety, medical conditions, cognitive health, mobility, personal hygiene, meal preparation, and social interaction. Don't forget to consider your needs and abilities, and involve your parent as much as possible.

Understanding the financial situation is also essential, as caring for an older adult can be costly. Remember, by planning and preparing, you'll be able to provide the best possible care for your ageing parents.

Read Lynn's Story

Unfortunately my 89 year old mother lives on her own and fell in her bedroom. She has worn a Taking Care personal alarm for the past 4 years and was able to call for help immediately by pushing the alarm button she wears on her wrist.

Lynn's Mum was able to call for help using her personal alarm when she fell

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Read James' Story

Even though my sister lives in the same village, I like the peace of mind that the app gives us when mama is alone.

James lives 600 miles away from his elderly mum but uses an innovative solution to monitor her care and wellbeing.

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