The UK has an aging population. There are 10 million people over the age of 65 and, as people are expected to work longer, the older generation is offering a vital contribution to our communities.
Plan for your retirement
As we get older, it is important to think about our finances. Our money section has lots of advice and information about managing your money along with any financial assistance you may be able to claim.
We may also find ourselves becoming a family or friend carer. If this is the case, you are entitled to a variety of support as a carer to help with your caring role
Getting out and About
If you are working less or have retired, think about volunteering and helping out in your local community
We all like to keep busy and stay connected, so keep in touch with local groups, friends and family. Our community directory has lots local groups and activities for you to take part in.
To help you to get out and about in Hull, there are a variety of concessions when using public transport including –
- National Senior rail card
- Senior bus pass
As we age, we are more likely to have a long-term condition or disability, and may need support to maintain our independence and quality of life. Our health and wellbeing section has lots of information to help you stay healthy as you get older.
Having an NHS Health Check and seeking advice can help prevent crisis situations.
As we get older, we may start to feel the cold weather as winter draws in. We may also find ourselves more susceptible to colds and the flu and we may find that we need a longer period of time to recover.
However, if you are 65 and over, you are entitled to a free flu jab every winter to help boost your immune system and fight off the flu.
Hearing and Vision loss
As we get older we may find that we have trouble with our hearing or vision. This is a common issue amongst older people but it should not stop you from doing the things you want to do.
If you notice a change in either you hearing or vision, you should contact your GP. Your GP will be able to run some routine tests to determine the extent of your hearing and vision loss.
Our Sensory support section can offer advice and support for people with hearing and vision loss.
You are more prone to foot problems as you get older so it is very important to take care of your feet.
Depending on where you live and any conditions you have (such as diabetes and rheumatoid arthritis), it may be possible to have routine podiatry (also known as chiropody) treatment on the NHS. You should discuss this with your GP about this.
The Foot Health Clinic
The Foot Health Clinic offers nail clipping, removal of hard skin and general foot-based health and wellbeing for those who may be unable to manage by themselves any more.
This service is available Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 9.00am to 4.00pm and costs £20.00 per person or £35.00 per couple and is based at –
Age UK Hull
Healthy Living Centre
To book an appointment, contact Age UK Hull by telephone on 01482 324 644
Note - this service is independent from Age UK Hull
Staying independent in your home
As we get older if can often be more difficult to keep on top of things such as cleaning, preparing a meal or keeping up with the garden.
Age UK have a Home Support service that can help you with things like cleaning, shopping and pension collecting and preparing a meal. You can contact the Home Support service on 01482 591 521.
To help you stay independent in your home, we have developed a ‘help at home’ section which has lots of advice and support to make it easier to manage your home.
Unfortunately, as we get older, we may feel more vulnerable when we are in our home or out and about in the community
However, they are some practical things we can do to help us stay safe, whether that be installing some equipment to help prevent a fall, or joining a neighbourhood watch scheme to help keep our communities safe.
Age UK Hull
Age UK Hull is an independent local charity and been working in the local community to help older people for over 60 years.
They have many dedicated staff and volunteers helping to deliver services and activities for older people in Hull.
Their services include –
- Arts and Crafts
- Beehive restaurant and cafe
- Exercise and fitness
- Foot health clinic
- Home Support service
- IT courses
- Music and Dance
- Social groups
- Telephone befriending service to help people cope with loneliness
- Wheelchair loans
Age UK Hull also runs weekly drop sessions to where you can talk with specialist advisors about –
- home support
- volunteering opportunities
These sessions run every Tuesday 1pm to 3.30pm at -
Toll Gavel United Church
Alternatively, you can contact them by telephone on 01482 324 644