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We would like to welcome Stephanie Parrot who joins the Information and Advice Team this month.
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We are delighted to announce that we have joined forces with Bucks Vision who have formed the Bucks Integrated Sensory Service (BISS).
Between us we will be jointly helping older people across Buckinghamshire with our services.

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We would like to thank all of the volunteers who attended our THANK YOU tea party yesterday. It was lovely to see all of you and hear some  of your stories over a cup of tea and a slice of cake.



-𝑇ℎ𝑎𝑛𝑘 𝑦𝑜𝑢 𝑎𝑙𝑠𝑜 𝑡𝑜 𝑒𝑣𝑒𝑟𝑦𝑜𝑛𝑒 𝑤ℎ𝑜 ℎ𝑒𝑙𝑝𝑒𝑑 𝑡𝑜 𝑔𝑒𝑡 𝑒𝑣𝑒𝑟𝑦𝑡ℎ𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑠𝑒𝑡 𝑢𝑝 𝑓𝑜𝑟 𝑜𝑢𝑟 𝑣𝑜𝑙𝑢𝑛𝑡𝑒𝑒𝑟𝑠 𝑡𝑒𝑎 𝑝𝑎𝑟𝑡𝑦 𝑦𝑒𝑠𝑡𝑒𝑟𝑑𝑎𝑦. #𝑡𝑒𝑎𝑚𝑤𝑜𝑟𝑘

We would like to thank all of the volunteers who attended our THANK YOU tea party last month. It was lovely to see all of you and hear some of your stories over a cup of tea and a slice of cake.

-𝑇ℎ𝑎𝑛𝑘 𝑦𝑜𝑢 𝑎𝑙𝑠𝑜 𝑡𝑜 𝑒𝑣𝑒𝑟𝑦𝑜𝑛𝑒 𝑤ℎ𝑜 ℎ𝑒𝑙𝑝𝑒𝑑 𝑡𝑜 𝑔𝑒𝑡 𝑒𝑣𝑒𝑟𝑦𝑡ℎ𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑠𝑒𝑡 𝑢𝑝 𝑓𝑜𝑟 𝑜𝑢𝑟 𝑣𝑜𝑙𝑢𝑛𝑡𝑒𝑒𝑟𝑠 𝑡𝑒𝑎 𝑝𝑎𝑟𝑡𝑦 𝑦𝑒𝑠𝑡𝑒𝑟𝑑𝑎𝑦. #𝑡𝑒𝑎𝑚𝑤𝑜𝑟𝑘

The sun and skin health

 

We’ve all caught the sun before, either on holiday or at home. You might enjoy a tan or deliberately use the sun cream a bit sparingly. But getting sunburnt can be serious, and increase your risk of skin cancer. Anyone can develop skin cancer, so it’s important to protect your skin, whatever your skin type.

Protecting your skin

  • Use sunscreen of at least SPF 30. Apply it generously and top up at least every two hours. If you've been in water, reapply when you are dry. 
  • Apply sunscreen to any uncovered parts of your body. A hat will protect your head, face, ears and eyes.
  • Choose sunglasses that have a CE mark, UV400 label or a statement that they offer 100 per cent UV (ultraviolet) protection.
  • When the weather is hot, your skin may also feel drier than usual. Using moisturiser can help keep your skin healthy.
  • If you have moles or brown patches on your skin, they usually remain harmless. But if they bleed, or change size, shape or colour, show them to your doctor without delay. For more information visit the Cancer Research UK website.

Sun exposure and vitamin D

Although it’s important to protect your skin, some direct exposure to the sun is essential for the production of vitamin D. Vitamin D deficiency is linked to cognitive impairment, cardiovascular disease and bone problems such as osteoporosis.

  • There are some food sources of vitamin D – salmon, sardines and other oily fish, eggs and fortified spreads – but sunshine is the major source.
  • Don’t let your skin burn, but try to go outside once or twice every day without sunscreen for short periods from March to October. The more of your skin that is exposed, the better your chance of making enough vitamin D.
  • The Government recommends vitamin D supplements for some groups of the population, including people aged 65 and over.
  • If you think you could be at risk of not getting enough vitamin D, particularly if you are housebound or cover your skin for cultural reasons, raise this with your doctor. Always speak to your doctor before starting to take a vitamin supplement or over-the-counter medicine on a daily basis.

When you're out and about.
Don't spend too much time outside at the hottest time of the day (11am-3pm), when the sun's at its strongest. Try and keep in the shade when you can.

It's a good idea to carry a water bottle with you when you go out and you could also wear a sun hat.

Keep an eye on the forecast for any hot weather warnings and to make sure you don't get caught out by unseasonably warm weather.

Look after your skin- use a sun cream of at least spf 15 and apply it regularly.

Make sure you don't miss a spot with the cream (bald patches tend to be overlooked).

Be careful, even when it's not sunny. UV levels can still be harmful when it's cloudy out.

Talk to your optician about prescription sunglasses. Make sure any sunglasses you wear have a CE mark and UV400 label.


Dehydration and overheating

 

It’s easy to become dehydrated or overheat when it’s hot outside.

How to avoid dehydration

  • Make sure you’re drinking plenty of fluids. Aim to drink 6 – 8 glasses of liquid a day, and more if it’s hot.
  • Eat a balanced diet to help your body replace any salt you lose by sweating.

Symptoms of overheating

Extreme heat and dry conditions can cause you to dehydrate and your body to overheat.

Watch out for certain signs – particularly for muscle cramps in your arms, legs or stomach, mild confusion, weakness or sleep problems. If you have any of these, rest in a cool place and drink plenty of fluids. Seek medical advice if your symptoms persist or worsen.


Heat exhaustion and heatstroke

 

Heat exhaustion

Heat exhaustion is fatigue resulting from prolonged exposure to excessive heat.

Symptoms of heat exhaustion

The symptoms of heat exhaustion include headaches, dizziness, nausea or vomiting, intense thirst, heavy sweating and a fast pulse.

What to do

If you have any of these symptoms you must, if at all possible:

  • find a cool place and loosen tight clothes
  • drink plenty of water or fruit juice
  • sponge yourself with cool water or have a cool shower.

Your symptoms should improve within 30 minutes. If you're feeling better but still have any concerns, call your doctor or NHS 111 for advice.


Heatstroke

Heatstroke can develop if heat exhaustion is left untreated – it can also develop suddenly and without warning.

Symptoms of heatstroke

The symptoms of heatstroke include:

  • confusion
  • disorientation
  • seizures
  • loss of consciousness.

What to do

Heatstroke is a life-threatening condition. If you or someone else shows symptoms:

  • call 999 immediately, or 112 if you are in the European Union (you can call 112 from a mobile for free)
  • if you have a community alarm, press the button on your pendant to call for help
  • while waiting for the ambulance, follow the advice given for heat exhaustion but do not try to give fluids to anyone who is unconscious.

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Bucks Vision and Age UK Bucks working in partnership across Buckinghamshire helping older people and the visually impaired.

We are delighted to announce that as of Friday 24 June, BucksVision will deliver the Buckinghamshire Integrated Sensory Service (BISS).

The current BISS team have transferred across, and we want to reassure you that it should be “business as usual”, with the same service continuing to be delivered at its current high standard.
We will be working in partnership with @Age UK Buckinghamshire and @Young Deaf Activities to help people even more effectively.
The BISS team will share our office in Meadowcroft, Aylesbury and can be contacted by telephone: 01296 479 970 and email: biss@bucksvision.co.uk, or you can call our office number on 01296 487 556.
We believe that this is a really positive development and by delivering the BISS service alongside our current services, we hope to reach even more people with sight loss and make an even greater impact.
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The BISS team (pictured)