Here you can find useful information and resources on looking after your wellbeing.
Exercising at home
There's plenty of ways to exersise in your own home. Here's a few resources you might want to try.
10 Minute Home Chair Workout
Body Coach Joe Wicks has a great 10 minute exercise session aimed at older people, that you can do indoors with just a chair.
The Green Goddess returns to help the elderly keep fit during covid-19 - Tune into BBC One on Mondays, Wednesdays,Fridays 6:55am or 8:55am.
Eldergym Senior Fitness
Physical Therapist and Certified Geriatric Specialist Doug Schrift has produced a 'Stay at Home' series of exersise videos for older people.
BCB Radio 106.6FM - 10 Today (Exercise on the Radio)
Active Ageing project aims to encourage the over 55s to engage in physical activity by coming together to do 10 mins exercise three times a week, on the radio.
Broadcast at 2pm Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursdays.
Many people living with a long-term health condition find it difficult to attend exercise classes. To help them, Arthritis Action recently launched a series of online chair based exercises developed with the aim of helping those with hip, knee or spinal Osteoarthritis more mobile and active.
Many people living with a long-term health condition also find exercising challenging. To support them, we launched an Exercise and Activity Directory signposting webpage in January 2020 to help people find the help and support they may need within their county to get active.
There are lots of creative ways that you can stay engaged with the world on the internet, here is a selection of interactive entertainment.
The Daily Sparkle
Reminiscence newspapers, activities, music singalongs and interactive apps, choose a subscription that works for you - offering 8 week free trial and free access to printable PDF newspapers for carers.
Bob’s Online book club
‘Every two weeks, we will ask for your recommendations and, together, we will vote on which book to read and discuss. The book club is completely FREE and ANYONE can join’.
Explore museums at home. While our five museums are closed, our collection—and the inspirational stories it contains—remains open to you online.
You can discover inspiring stories of scientific achievement on our websites, delve into our incredible collection online or through videos and 3D models, hear from scientific pioneers, explore fun activities to try at home or simply have fun playing our online games.
Bradford Libraries - Borrow Box
Borrow free eBooks and eAudiobooks for your tablet or phone, via this app.
Mental Health Directory
Many people living with a long-term health condition also experience mental health difficulties, such as stress or anxiety. To enable people to find the help and support they may need we have listed mental health organisations by county. Many of the NHS IAPT teams across the UK are listed as well as local Mind hubs and an array of other charitable organisations and services offering help and support to people experiencing mental health difficulties
Worth Connecting project - digital support (devices and websites)
During June and July, Worth Connecting will help people over 55 who are keen to use digital devices during the coronavirus crisis. We can provide telephone support, for example, on use of tablets, of apps and of websites. Please call 01274 449660 to refer someone who may benefit.
Classic Musicals with Sing-along lyrics
A Bradford-based performer, Susie Garvey-Williams, has created online performances from musicals, along with sing-along lyrics, for care homes and for older people who were self-isolating.
She was sponsored by the Bradford Council RESPONSE fund and says
"Our hope was to bring a little joy to people who might be very lonely at this time."
View Classical musicals with sing-along lyrics on YouTube
Also available without the sing-along lyrics
If there are people who do not have internet access, but would still like to see these performances they do have the ability to burn DVDs and deliver them within Bradford - this would just cost £2.50 to be made and delivered within the Bradford area.
Age UK Enfield's Home Exercise Pack
Age UK Enfield have also produced a Home Exercise Living Well Pack, which was funded by the National Lottery Community Fund, and designed to enable older people to keep fit and healthy within their homes during the Covid-19 outbreak. You can download the pack below:
For more instruction on the exercises and using the resistance band please click here to view a handy YouTube video.
For any questions about this Pack, please contact Mark Huggard, Fit for Life Manager, Age UK Enfield on Mark.Huggard@ageukenfield.org.uk / 07824 845 784
The Age of Creativity - (mostly) free resources for older people to use while social distancing
The Age of Creativity has produced lists of a whole host of different activities for older people to try out during the lockdown period.
Using these resources it’s possible to virtually tour the world’s best museums, listen to podcasts, take a dance/exercise class, join a choir, listen to streamed concerts, watch quality theatre productions, join a virtual festival, learn some crafting techniques or try a short university course. The choice is immense. There are also activities for people in a care home setting and for people living with dementia.
Goldies Live - Online singing sessions
Forced by the Lockdown to stop their live daytime fund Sing & Smile sessions across England and Wales, Goldies Live brings popular songs from the 60s onwards into your home on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 11am.
Starting next Tuesday, 30 June
Public Health England - Active at Home booklet
This 'Active at Home' booklet has been produced to provide practical guidance to older adults on home-based activities to maintain their strength and balance. It follows concerns that low levels of physical activity in older adults will lead to reduced fitness resulting in loss of independence and need for care in the future.
Gateway Centre virtual sessions
The Gateway Centre in Ravenscliffe have continued to do great work for the community during lockdown, including running two virtual sessions via Zoom each Thursday.
There's a relaxation session at 10.00 am and a quiz at 1.30pm
Tackling loneliness: support for people feeling lonely
These resources from British Red Cross can help you build confidence and cope with loneliness.
At times, life can feel overwhelming. It can be hard to know where to look for advice or how to reach out to others for support.
These resources and activities are here to give you a helping hand.