Where there’s a will there’s a way


Thousands of people die each year without having made their wills. And in many cases, the State will benefit while their families and friends lose out. While thinking, talking and planning for death may feel uncomfortable, you need to consider how much worse the situation would be if you died or became incapacitated – through illness, accident, old age or emergency – without sorting it.

Writing a will means your final wishes are respected and you can look after your loved ones – be it the cat, carer or favourite charity.

If the cost of making a will is worrying you St Gemma’s Hospice in Moortown Leeds is holding their annual Make a Will Month this October. During this month over 25 Solicitors in Leeds, and the surrounding area, have agreed to waive their fees on standard or mirror wills or codicils in return for a donation to St Gemma’s Hospice.

Nicola Woodgate, Head of Marketing and Communications tells us more about it. Continue reading

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“It has taken away the fear factor of using a tablet for the first time” Get Online Week

Dorothy using a tablet with help from Leeds Librarian, Mark.

Dorothy using a tablet with help from Leeds Librarian, Mark.

“It has been wonderful! I’ve learnt so much and thoroughly enjoyed looking at the old photos of Leeds” – Dorothy

This week, 17-23 October, is Get Online Week  when thousands of events take place in communities all across the country, showing people how the internet can make life easier, cheaper, healthier and more fun

Leeds Libraries and Information Service provide a fantastic range of activities and events to support people in later life and help them to age well and getting online is just one way of widening horizons.

Stu Hennigan, Leeds City Council’s Communities Librarian – East Area gives us the low down on what’s been happening. Continue reading

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Caring Across Generations

ChristineThe Care Quality Commission is keen to raise awareness of the resources available to carers to help them make informed decisions about care and this is behind the new #CaringAcrossGenerations campaign.

A growing number of people are now caring across generations – having caring responsibility for young children or grandchildren and older loved ones. But finding the right place isn’t the easiest decision and when CQC polled people with caring responsibilities they found that nine in 10 (92%) felt choosing care for a loved one is ‘very’ or ‘quite’ stressful – ranking it higher than selling or buying a home and getting divorced.

That is why CQC want people making care decisions for loved ones to know their reports and ratings can help to make better informed choices.

We can all help to raise awareness of the resources available to people who are looking to choose adult social care on behalf of themselves or a loved one and during CQC’s campaign launch week from 17 October – 21 October, Leeds City Council will be among many organsations helping out. You can help too, sharing campaign on social media and when you meet anyone who may be looking for information.

The campaign hashtag is #CaringAcrossGenerations and CQC’s Twitter account is @CareQualityComm.

There’s a video to watch at https://youtu.be/faYJJwm-PHg  and you can find more information on CQC’s webpage at: www.cqc.org.uk/caringacrossgenerations


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Facing flu – your myths uncovered


We’ve had a bit of a cold snap in the last couple of days, sunny days becoming frosty nights, it’s time to get out jumpers and fleecy tops and some of us may well have already started sneezing and coughing.  But how do you know if it’s just a cold or flu, or even worse, man flu?  And what can you do to protect yourself, your family, workmates and possibly the vulnerable people you work for?

Vaccines are one of the greatest public health innovations in recent history and no other medical intervention has done more to save lives. The flu vaccine has been proved to reduce the number of deaths and hospital admissions. Studies have shown that the flu jab does work and will help prevent you getting the flu. It’s not difficult to get a flu jab you can even get one while you’re doing your weekly shop in a supermarket so why are we all so reluctant?   Read on to find out the answers Continue reading

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Not home alone – home sharing – the Leeds Homeshare pilot scheme

House sharing, isn’t that something you do only when you’re younger or in your student days?  Don’t you get to a certain time in your life when you don’t want arguments about whose turn it is to do the washing up, take the bins out or who drank the last of the milk?
I think most of us would agree with that.

But what if there was a different kind of house sharing? What if it was home sharing where someone, usually an older person, who needs a small amount of help to live independently in their own home is matched with someone, usually a younger person, who has a housing need and can provide support and companionship?

Cath Ormerod, Leeds City Council’s Homeshare Co-ordinator tells us all about the Homeshare pilot that is taking place in Leeds.  Continue reading

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Join us in celebrating International Day of Older People 2016


By 2020, half of our UK population will be aged 50 or over.  As people have a better quality of living, it also means longer lives.  Well, as the population changes, the country will too.  We need to improve attitudes towards older people and appreciate more the roles they play in society.

This year the International Day of Older Persons starts on 1 October with the theme “Mental well-being with a focus on arts and culture”.  In Leeds we’re celebrating with a range of activities including a photo competition, music and song from different cultures, a book publication, a do-it-yourself art event, traditional Samhain events and a Scarecrow festival starting on Thursday 29 September and finishing on Monday 10 October.  To find out how to get involved look at the 2016 events programme.  Continue reading

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How we can all become superhumans thanks to assistive technology and inclusion

Phonak HA hearing aids

Phonak HA hearing aids

As we follow the exciting Paralympic Games, we’re seeing how assistive technology in the form of specific sport-adapted wheelchairs; balls that bleep; and specially designed prosthetics are helping athletes win medals that rattle .

But you don’t have to be a Rio Paralympics elite athlete to reap the benefit of assistive technology. High-tech and low-tech – assistive, adaptive and rehabilitative devices are helping millions of ordinary people gain greater independence and enjoy fully-rounded participation in more and more activities.

And at the Inclusion Conference on 27th September in Leeds you can find out more about what is available. Adie Platts, owner of AJP Technologies, gives us a sneak preview of his conference presentation and the workshops he is holding.  Continue reading

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