Older people


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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Support for the elderly with rubbish collections

The local authority runs an assisted rubbish collection scheme where you, upon successful application, can be supported with your weekly bin collections. You can apply for an assisted collection if you are disabled or elderly and have trouble putting your rubbish out. Having an assisted collection means that your rubbish is collected from a location […]

Living with hearing loss

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Spotting signs of elder abuse

It’s not always easy to spot the symptoms of abuse. Someone being abused may make excuses for why they’re bruised, they don’t want to go out or talk to people, or they’re short of money. It’s important to know the signs of abuse and, where they are identified, gently share your concerns with the person […]

Caring for older relatives

Looking after an older disabled relative can have practical, financial and emotional challenges. But help and support is available. The Carers Trust answers some of your common questions on where to find practical and emotional support. I’ve just started to care for an older relative. What help can I get? Even though you might see yourself as […]

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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 […]

Stay well in winter

As the cold weather arrives, Havering is urging residents to stay well this winter by taking simple measures to protect themselves. Local residents are being encouraged to get the flu jab to reduce the risk of getting the flu or spreading it to others and to keep warm this winter. The council is advising older […]

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Looking after your eyesight

Vision really matters. Sight is the sense people fear losing the most, yet many of us don’t know the best way to look after our eyes. There are lots of different ways you can look after your eyes. Opticians say it’s important to have regular eye tests. Having an eye test won’t just tell us […]

Eye health tips for older people

Because our eyesight changes as we get older, almost all of us will need to wear glasses or contact lenses by the time we’re 65. If you have regular eye tests, wear the right lenses and look after your eyes, there’s a better chance your sight will remain clear. Have regular eye tests An eye test is not […]

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