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Living well

Our lifestyles and mobility often change as we get older - our advice and guides can help with everything from leisure and activities, to lifestyle tips and advice and considerations as the weather or seasons change.

Think H.E.A.T to keep elderly loved ones safe this winter

1-in-3 elderly people lived in homes that were unhealthily cold last winter, according to our study.

In response to the findings, we are encouraging friends and family of elderly people to ‘Think H.E.A.T’ and follow simple steps to ensure vulnerable elderly people stay safe and warm this winter.

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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Lifestyle tips

Healthy lifestyle choices can significantly improve the wellbeing of older adults, including staying active, eating well, and socialising. These positive habits can lead to a more fulfilling life.

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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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How we can help

The features available with panic buttons for the elderly can vary, so it's important to find the right kind of personal alarm service for your needs, whether it's for yourself or a loved one.

Personal alarms for the home and out-and-about

Have the freedom to maintain an active lifestyle, with reassurance help is available wherever you are.

An Out-and-About Personal Alarm will also work in your home so you can get help from Taking Care's Emergency Resolution Team any time of the day or night.

Compare out-and-about alarms

Not sure which personal alarm to choose?

Call 0800 085 7371, Monday – Friday, 8am - 6pm and Saturday, 9am – 5pm, to speak with a Taking Care Sales Advisor.

Elderly care experts answer biggest questions about living well

Explore insightful, frequently answered questions guiding the elderly to live well. Topics include health, lifestyle, social connections, and mental wellbeing, allowing them to enjoy later life.

At what age does your health start to decline?

Everyone is different, and many factors can affect people's health risks, so no accurate age bracket applies to everyone. To help alleviate these factors, it is recommended to maintain a healthy lifestyle through regular exercise, a balanced diet, and preventive healthcare.

What are behaviours and habits can help us age well?

The 5 pillars of ageing that people often refer to that will help maintain independence as we age:

  • Physical activity and exercise
  • Proper nutrition and hydration
  • Social engagement and connections
  • Mental stimulation and cognitive health
  • Emotional wellbeing and stress management
How do we ensure our older loved ones maintain their dignity and confidence in old age?

Maintaining dignity and pride is important so we feel valued and confident. Support an elderly loved one's dignity by:

  • Listening to their opinions carefully and valuing them
  • Respecting their independence and choices
  • Providing empathetic care and support
  • Promoting social inclusion
  • Recognising and respecting their contributions
How do I recognise the signs of loneliness in an elderly loved one?

Observation and sensitivity are necessary to recognise signs of loneliness in the elderly. Common signs include social withdrawal, loss of interest in activities, changes in communication, emotional changes, decline in personal care, sleep disturbances, physical complaints, unexplained weight loss, seeking attention, and reluctance to leave home.

If you notice signs of loneliness in an elderly loved one, what steps can you take?

If you notice signs of loneliness in an elderly person, offering support and companionship is important. Encouraging them to participate in social activities, connecting them with community resources or support groups, and spending time with them can alleviate loneliness and improve their wellbeing. Regular communication and checking on their emotional state can also make a significant difference. If feelings of loneliness persist or seem severe, consider seeking further assistance from a healthcare professional or social worker. Find out more in our Staying Connected loneliness guide.