Looking after yourself

Foods to avoid if you’re over 65

Older people are at higher risk of food poisoning. And, some foods are more likely to cause food poisoning than others. Here’s advice on which foods to avoid or be careful with when you’re over 65. Some foods can cause food poisoning if they’re contaminated with certain bugs. While most healthy people recover from food poisoning […]

Making sense of your medicines

To get the best results from your medicines, it’s important to use them as they are intended. You need to: Take the right amount of medicine at the right times, in the right way and for the right number of days. Get advice from your pharmacist or GP if you are having any side effects that bother you. […]

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Celebrate Carers Week 2017

Carers Week is an annual campaign to raise awareness of caring, highlight the challenges that carers face and recognise the contribution they make to families and communities. The theme this year is ‘Building Carer Friendly Communities. To mark this year’s Carers Week, organisations and groups across Havering are hosting various activities and events. If you […]

How to get help and contact adult social care

If you need some help or are not sure what kind of help you need, you can call us and have a chat. We will do our best to guide you towards the right kind of support for you. You can call us on behalf of a friend or relative but we will need to […]

Celebrate Christmas together

A note from Community Christmas Community Christmas believes that no elderly person in the UK should be alone on Christmas Day unless they want to be. Communities are encouraged to provide companionship to older people on Christmas Day by running a community Christmas Lunch event, joining up with others at a local pub or restaurant, […]

Stopping smoking is good for your mental health

Being smoke-free helps relieve stress, anxiety and depression and gives you a more positive outlook on life. These benefits apply to all smokers, not just those with pre-existing mental health problems. We all know that stopping smoking improves your physical health. Here are 10 health benefits of stopping smoking. But did you know that stopping […]

Living with hearing loss

Need help reading this page? Use BrowseAloud (the orange circle) in the corner of our website to change the colour schemes, alter the text size or have the information read aloud to you. For help using BrowseAloud, read about how you can make the most of the orange circle on our accessibility page. What are […]

Drug addiction: getting help

If you have a problem with drugs, there’s a wide range of addiction services that can help. Some of these services are provided by the NHS, and some are specialist drug facilities run by charities and private organisations. You can use the service search to find your nearest NHS drug addiction support services. This guide to […]

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Fitness advice for wheelchair users

As a wheelchair user, getting active will bring you important health benefits and can help you manage daily life, too. Regular aerobic exercise – the kind that raises your heart rate and causes you to break a sweat – and muscle-strengthening exercise are just as important for the health and wellbeing of wheelchair users as […]

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