Please find below some information and resources specifically for older people including where to get help during COVID-19, looking after your health and wellbeing at home and information about scams.
We are all following social distancing guidance but we know that many of our older readers will be self-isolating because of your existing health conditions. It’s a worrying time for everyone and it is perfectly natural to feel more anxious than usual. In addition to the coronavirus guidance on washing your hands often and avoiding touching your face, the following are a few tips to help you stay well while you're at home:
- Stay in touch with family and friends over the phone or on social media.
- Avoid watching too much news. Also be aware that there is a lot of ‘fake’ news and myths about coronavirus out there (see the article below on ‘Beware False Information).
- If you need to talk, there is also The Silver Line - a free, helpline for people aged 55+ that is available 24 hours a day. Telephone 0800 4 70 80 90.
- If you need practical help, ask for it – family, friends or neighbours may be able to help with shopping, picking up prescriptions or running errands. For those self-isolating without support, phone the Nottingham Customer Hub on 0115 915 5555.
- If you need advice, Age UK run an advice line – phone 0800 678 1602.
- Try and keep physically active. If you are not able to walk or go in the garden, there are lots of opportunities to join either on the radio, the computer or the television. One launched this week specifically for older people is ’10 Today’
- Feeling creative? Have you checked out Artspeak? This Nottingham based initiative is placing recommending different project for you to join on their website each day.
- Stay safe – see the advice below about avoiding scams.
Keeping fit and active
Here are a few handy tips to help you improve your fitness and wellbeing and build exercises into your day:
- Physical activity and exercise can help you stay healthy, energetic and independent as you get older NHS Live Well for the over 65’s
- Super Six exercises to improve your strength and balance. Take a look and click on play all.
- Joe Wicks has taken the nation by storm with his fitness videos during lockdown and he has now produced one for older people.
- Dame Kelly Holmes has also devised some gentle upper body exercises to keep the body and brain active.
- Age UK Nottingham and Notts are inviting older people to get involved in the 2.6 Challenge, in response to the 40th London Marathon being postponed and the impact COVID-19 is having on charities. Here is how you can take part.
- Nottingham Active have produced an 'Active at Home' Booklet, which provides ideas and guidance about how to stay active at home.
- Sitting Exercises: These exercises are done while sitting; a great place to start to build strength and balance. See sitting exercises here.
- Flexibility Exercises: These flexibility exercises can be done at home to help improve your mobility. See flexibility exercises here.
- Balance exercises: There simple balance exercises can be done at home to help make you feel more steady in walking and moving. See balance exercises here.
- Movement for those with Osteoporosis or Osteopenia: You can watch and follow the online videos offered by the Royal Osteoporosis Society - See the exercises here.
Enjoy outdoor activities safely in Nottingham
lockdown restrictions have eased, people in Nottingham have been able to enjoy the numerous and wide-ranging outdoor activities our city has to offer.
If you are planning a trip to your local park, all the latest information can be found here Nottingham Parks and Open Spaces.
If you or a member of your family have any mental health worries please look at our mental health support page for information on local services.
Librarians been busy finding more ways to bring your library to you online.
As well as the eBooks, eMagazines, eNewspapers and eReference books you can read at home, they've been searching for the right places for you to go online, making it easier to find ways for you and your family to get through this.
They've also got their talented library staff to record videos of songs and storytimes. There’ll be more virtual library fun coming soon…to make sure you don’t miss them why not sign up to their newsletter and like their Facebook page?
For more information click here.
Local Sites and History
If you are interested in local history, you may like to download an app that allows you to discover Nottingham’s unique history revealed through historical images, posters, news articles and ephemera held in the Nottingham Local Studies library.
The app is free and enables you to discover more about Lord Byron, Nottingham’s celebrity poet; the legend of Robin Hood; the changing face of transport in Nottingham and the history of Nottingham Forest Football club.
Staying at Home
Nottingham City Council have also created a central place where all online activities can be found, either being provided by Nottingham City Council or other partners in the city. Please visit https://www.nottinghamcity.gov.uk/coronavirus-covid-19/stayinghome/ for more information.
Interested in Sport?
The Sporting Memories Foundation is dedicated to sports reminiscence and physical activities. It supports isolated older people living in England and Wales including those living with dementia and depression. If you would like to receive their weekly free e-Bulletin ‘Sporting Pink’, sign up at www.sportingmemoriesnetwork.com/digital-sporting-pink
Try your hand at a Nottingham Jigsaw
Ever tried doing an online jigsaw? Now is you opportunity to do a free jigsaw of a Nottingham Landmark such as the Left Lion. For more information click here.
Use lockdown to study
There are a vast number of free online learning opportunities, some of which lead to a certificate of achievement. Participating in such courses gives you free access to specialists in their subject and other resources.
There are short courses on a wide range of subjects including mental health, art, music, science, geography and much more.
Here are some other virtual alternatives now available to you during lock down:
The Home Library Service is now able to accept new customers! They deliver books, CDs and DVDs to customers of any age who live within the City boundary and aren’t able to get to the library themselves, whether through mobility issues, health concerns or caring responsibilities. they are able to provide large and standard print books, plus audiobooks and books in a range of languages.
To register your interest: email email@example.com or ring Aspley Library on 0115 915 2802 between 10am and 2.30 on Monday, Tuesday, Friday and Saturday and between 1pm to 5pm on Wednesdays
Please view our information on financial wellbeing during COVID-19 for advice on money matters.
Also Advice Nottingham provide free, confidential and impartial advice on a range of issues including benefits, debt, employment and housing. Go to http://advicenottingham.org.uk/get-help/ for more information.
For information on food banks and places to get free or low cost food and meals please visit the Food section on ASKLiON.
The Silver Line is a free confidential helpline providing information, friendship and advice to older people. It’s open 24 hours a day, every day of the year, so if you are 55 or over, call for a cheerful chat on 0800 470 80 90.
There are also befriending groups in local communities such as Good Companions in Clifton. If you would like to receive regular contact with one of their phone befrienders, or to make a referral for an older relative or neighbour to receive support or a newsletter, then contact Good Companions on (0115) 878 6182 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please also look at our Feeling Lonely section on the ASKLiON website for a full list of organisations offering activities and support.
Supporting People with Dementia in Your Community
Living with dementia at any time brings challenges for those with the condition and the people close to them. Many face stigma and isolation in everyday life and coronavirus (COVID-19) is making things much harder. Now more than ever, it is important that they get the help and support they need.
Sometimes people don’t offer help because they do not know what to do, so the Alzheimer’s Society has produced a free guide ‘Coronavirus: how you can support people in your community’
Alzheimer's Society Update
People affected by dementia can call on 0115 934 3811 and access the Alzheimer’s Society Dementia Support Service in Nottingham and Nottinghamshire providing support and guidance over the phone. We are also running some virtual activities including virtual carers’ groups, dementia cafes and Singing for the Brain groups.
Phone support is also available by contacting our national Dementia Connect support line on 0333 150 3456.
If you’d like to talk with other people affected by dementia, you can visit the Alzheimer’s Society online community Talking Point.
Dementia UK Update
Dementia UK has developed a useful site giving advice for families looking after someone with dementia.
Dementia specialist ‘Admiral Nurses’ are there to provide support on Dementia UK’s Helpline on 0800 888 6687.
African Caribbean Cooked Meals
The Marcus Garvey Action Group and partners are delivering African Caribbean cooked meals to the elderly and vulnerable in Nottingham.
For more information
- Call 0759 8947 966 or 0787 1730 197 or 0115 969 1364
Sycamore Dining - two course cooked meals
Sycamore Dining are delivering 2 course cooked meals to older people across the city delivered to your doorstep. Volunteers cook the food on a daily basis from Monday to Friday.
Age Friendly Nottingham are producing a series of factsheets under different topics to support older people, please click on the links below to access them.
On 1 August, the BBC scrapped the free TV licence for older people – a licence is needed to watch live TV on any channel. Only those who are over the age of 74, and receive Pension Credit will be eligible for the free licence.
In Nottingham, we know that thousands of older residents are entitled to Pension Credit (and consequently a free TV licence) but have not applied for it.
You can apply for Pension Credit online, by phone or by submitting a paper application.
Nottingham Audiology Services are trying to make sure all their patients with hearing aids can use them during this time. Although they cannot see people in appointments, they can be contacted by email at email@example.com or by telephone on 0115 9194488.
They are posting out batteries and spares and delivering replacement hearing aids where needed. Patients or family members can get in touch to request help, and for the time being the postage will be paid by the service.
The British Red Cross are still able to offer the short term hire of wheelchairs and commodes from their Nottingham Office at Phoenix Park, but in the current circumstances it is by appointment only.
Please ring 0115 852 8029 to discuss the collection (or delivery) of equipment on short term hire.
If your equipment has been supplied by the Red Cross on behalf of the NHS, for example hospital beds, or toileting equipment, then the number for Community Equipment Services is 0345 127 2911.