We’ve all had them, letters through the mail guaranteeing us a substantial win and all we have to do is fill in the form, write them a cheque to cover their expenses, send it off and wait for the prize. Only you never get the prize as they’re just one example of the many scams that exist to trap the vulnerable and the unwary. And if it’s not the post the endless phone calls saying your computer is running slow and they can help but you have to give them your bank details. Have you ever been taking in by one of these schemes? Would you admit it if you had?
`The SAFER Project’ West Yorkshire Trading Standards, exists to help safeguard older people from scams and doorstep crime. Continue reading
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Paul Lambert is a tobacco expert in Leeds City Council’s Public Health team. He’s managed to put pen to paper (or finger to keyboard) and tell us about how his New Year resolution is doing…
“I know I struggle with my New Year resolutions every year” says Paul “That’s mainly because they’re things I’m trying not to do which I enjoy! So I have every sympathy with people who are starting 2017 with a plan to knock smoking on the head and are finding it tough to keep going.”
“The resolutions I find easiest to keep are the ones where I’m getting support from family, friends and colleagues, along with the ones where I can see a difference.” Continue reading
So what sort of Christmas are you having? Nigella, Jamie Oliver or the blessed Delia? Whoever you choose to follow I’m sure you will add to their menus with favourite foods from your childhood Christmases regardless of whether they are fashionable or not.
For 228 people in Leeds their Christmas meal will be delivered on the day by the Leeds Meals on Wheels team. Continue reading
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It’s December, and that means short days and cold nights and as the wind rises and the rain lashes at the window we simply turn up the thermostat and haul out the winter tog duvets.
Age UK say the ideal temperature is 64°F (18°C) for your bedroom and 70°F (21°C) for your living room. Remaining warm both inside and outside your home and eating and drinking well can help reduce the risk of serious health problems whatever your age. The current Public Health recommendations are to stay at a comfortable temperature of 18°C or above.
As we get older it takes longer to warm up which can be bad for our health. The cold thickens blood and increases blood pressure, and breathing in cold air can increase the risk of chest infections.
But what do you do if you or your family are poorly and worried about the cost of heating or if your boiler is older than or as old as you are? Continue reading
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Leeds City Council staff are being invited to ‘Wear Red at Work’ on Thursday 1st December 2016. And that’s an offer being shared with everyone else too! Jonathan Sharp, who works in the Public Health team, tells us more… Continue reading