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Wellbeing

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Wellbeing

Research has shown that being lonely or isolated can affect people‚Äôs health and wellbeing. Being lonely presents as much as a risk to health as smoking or alcohol consumption and is more of a risk than obesity or lack of exercise.  Loneliness and social isolation can affect everyone but older people are particularly vulnerable after the loss of friends and family, reduced mobility or limited income.

In this section of the Peterborough Information Network you can find information on a range of help and support including:  befriending, counselling, community groups and support groups.

Get involved

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There are lots of ways that you can combat loneliness and social isolation.

Examples are:

The Peterborough Wellbeing Service

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The Peterborough Wellbeing Service

The Peterborough Wellbeing Service is run by Peterborough Council for Voluntary Services (PCVS). They are able to point people in the right direction for a range of services and supplies including:

  • Short term support if someone is poorly
  • Support after leaving hospital
  • Replacement radiators, energy advice
  • Handyperson support
  • Support for people who have experienced a recent death of a loved one
  • Support for people who have brain injuries and strokes
  • Support for people with physical disabilities and their carers including access to sports facilities
  • Support for people with poor hearing and/or eyesight
  • Support for people with mental health issues
  • Nutrition and exercise classes
  • Volunteer opportunities
  • Befriending and social interaction through community groups, sitting service
  • Support for carers and their families
  • Safety, security and access to your home
  • Managing finances
  • Cleaning and gardening

Some services are available free, but some services may be charged for.

For more information call Jan on 01733 342683.

Safe + Well

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Daily living aids service to help Peterborough residents be safe and well

Peterborough’s new Safe+Well Service, provided by NRS Healthcare, supports local residents who may be older, disabled, recently discharged from hospital (or caring for someone that is) to find ‘daily living aids’ to help with everyday activities and stay independent.

Contact Safe+Well on 01480 415719 or for more information or visit www.safeandwell.co.uk/cambridgeshire

Eat well to stay healthy

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There are benefits for everyone if we stay fit and healthy. Healthy people tend to have a better quality of life, have more independence, are able to make more of their own choices and have better life chances. 

Eight tips for healthy eating

  • Base your meals on starchy carbohydrates (potatoes, bread, rice, pasta and cereals)
  • Eat lots of fruit and vegetables
  • Eat more fish - including a portion of oily fish
  • Cut down on saturated fat and sugar
  • Don't get thirsty
  • Don't skip breakfast

More information can be found on NHS.UK/Live-well

Stay fit to stay independent

Dr Liz Robin, Director of Public Health

Advice from Dr Liz Robin, Director of Public Health at Peterborough City Council

“It’s never too early or too late to take steps to ensure that you remain fit and independent for as long as possible. A combination of strengthening exercises at least twice a week and 150 minutes of aerobic exercise is best to build, or maintain fitness. (Find out more about exercising - www.nhs.uk.) 

Doing the right type of strengthening exercises is important.

For older people, ‘strength and balance exercises’, which strengthen the muscles in the legs and improve balance and co-ordination, have been specifically proven to help people stay strong and steady. (Information on exercises to prevent falls.) 

Other activities known to help build and maintain strength are resistance training, ball games, racket sports, dance and Nordic walking. Tai Chi, Yoga and cycling are good for balance as well as bones and muscles. (New report: how people can age better by doing the right workouts.)

Strength and balance exercises can keep you stronger for longer

We all want to continue to share our lives with loved ones as we get older, such as playing with grandchildren and socialising with friends. Simple strength and balance exercises twice a week are a proven way to keep you stronger for longer, independent and enjoying the great things in life, whether by joining a class or doing it yourself at home.

For more information on classes and activities in your area, visit the Healthy Peterborough website.

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