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Are you aged 75 or over with a long term health condition?

'Happy & Active’ is aimed at older people 75 years of age and above who have a long term health condition - a health problem that can’t be cured but can be controlled by medication or other therapies.

In England, more than 15 million people (30%) have a long term health condition and this is set to increase over the next 10 years, particularly those people with 3 or more conditions at once. Examples of these are:

  • Diabetes
  • Depression
  • Dementia
  • Heart condition
  • Asthma
  • COPD

Having a long term health condition can affect your life in many ways. This could make everyday tasks as such as shopping, housework and cooking much harder. This in turn could lead to people feeling more lonely and isolated as they may stop going out and socialising with friends and family. A recent study has actually shown that loneliness can be as harmful to health as smoking 15 cigarettes a day.

This service will take a very person-centered approach to reflect the different needs of individuals.  The Health & Wellbeing Officer will initially visit you at home, to discuss what interests are important to you, and what activities you might like to get involved in. This could be anything from:

  • going for a walk to build confidence 
  • completing an exercise programme 
  • taking up a new hobby
  • meeting new friends through local groups and activities 

The Health & Wellbeing Officer will then work with you over a number of weeks supporting you to get back to doing more things that you enjoy.
 
For more information please contact Joanna Dauncey– Health & Wellbeing Officer on 020 8648 5792 or email rachel@ageukmerton.org.uk