“I get by with a little help from my friends”


While living alone doesn’t inevitably lead to social isolation, it is certainly a contributing factor. Anyone can find themselves disconnected from their community or feeling lonely, but older people are particularly at risk. This is because social contacts tend to decrease as we age. It could be from the loss of a spouse or partner, retirement or lack of mobility. And as a situation continues, it’s easy to hide away.

Social isolation is something that is a concern nationally and Age UK has launched their No One Should Have No One campaign to address the issue and get people talking. The social media aspect of the campaign is #NotByMySelfie, which invites people to tweet a photo and the hashtag with at least one friend, acquaintance or family member of an older generation.  But what’s the point of the campaign? It’s to help the millions of older people who face the ups and downs of life almost entirely alone. A photo can speak a thousand words, and a simple selfie shows that we are there for older people. Continue reading

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Food basket scheme in Leeds helps to tackle malnutrition in elderly communities

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Derek Johnson, Catering Manager for Leeds Community Meals Service talks about the Home Food Baskets Scheme funded by Public Health and how it is helping to tackle malnutrition in the community.

This week is Nutrition and Hydration Week and one of the ambitions of the week is to end preventable malnutrition and hydration in our generation. A bold statement but there is a lot of integrated and collaborative work taking place in the city to work towards this.

One of the big challenges is the prevalence of malnutrition in the community amongst some of the most vulnerable people in society, the elderly. With national statistics demonstrating the highest incidence of nutrition related illness occurring in the community accounting for over 90% of cases (BAPEN figures) it is timely to share details of a project that is running in Leeds to help address this.

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Hearing how it is

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On February 24th 2015, Leeds Health and Wellbeing Board held a user engagement workshop which focused on how mental health and wellbeing could be improved in Leeds. Phil Morcom, Senior Communication Officer at Leeds City Council, who attended the workshop shares what he learnt from the event.

I’ve long had an interest in mental health and I’m glad it is an increasingly high profile issue. The involvement of famous faces from the worlds of sport and entertainment among those sharing stories of their experiences and an increasing political profile will help combat stigma and improved awareness. Continue reading

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West Yorkshire Police share top tips to help households beat bogus callers


Not all burglars break into homes – some will try to trick their way in. They are known as ‘distraction burglars’  or ‘bogus callers’ who may be smartly dressed and claim to be from the council, the police, gas, electric or water companies and their only aim is to get into homes to distract people and steal their money or valuables. About nine bogus caller crimes are reported every day in England and Wales. Most callers are genuine but bogus callers can often seem plausible and this distressing crime regularly sees them take advantage of the best intentions of vulnerable and elderly people.

Crime Reduction Officer, Joanne Rostron from West Yorkshire Police explains the effect this crime can have on elderly and vulnerable people and shares with us a typical case study involving bogus callers:

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Silverlinks: enabling older people to manage life changes


Ken Watson, Silver Links volunteer chats with Iris Beadnell (photo courtesy of YEP)

We all know that home is important. It is the place where we spend most of our time.  Living in the most appropriate accommodation can make all the difference to being able to live independently and well. Unfortunately, as we get older our home may not suit us as well as it used to. How would you make the decision to downsize or move?

Silverlinks is a project that supports older people, who are over the age of 55, facing this tough decision about their housing and care for future life. Barbara Bailey, Silverlinks Project Development Officer, tells us more about the project.

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Contemplating the Care Act…


Sukhdev Dosanjh, Chief Officer for Social Care Reforms.


Just in the way of a small reminder, you may recall that the Care Act (2014) reforms are being implemented in two phases. Phase 1 of the care and support reforms will come into effect on 1st April 2015. By way of a reminder, these consist of a new national minimum eligibility threshold, enhanced carers’ rights and entitlements, advocacy and support, enhances safeguarding arrangements, and advice and information responsibilities. Continue reading

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United against Dementia

Saturday 7th February was a special day for Leeds Dementia Action Alliance as Leeds United were unveiled as the newest member of the Alliance.

Dementia friendly halftime2(Pictured, Maggie Graham – Leeds Dementia Action Alliance, Cllr Adam Ogilvie – council lead for Adult Social Care,  Paul Forbes – Leeds United Foundation, Mick Ward – Head of commissioning, Adult Social Care and Alan Scorfield -Leeds United Foundation Senior Executive Officer)

This followed a recent event at the end of January at Elland Road Corner Flag Café where representatives from both Leeds United Football Club and the Leeds United Foundation gathered with senior representatives from Leeds City Council, the Alzheimer’s Society, Leeds Older People’s Forum and many other organisations from around the city, to celebrate the achievements of over 60 local organisations working to help Leeds become a dementia friendly city. Continue reading

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