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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
As you get older, your risk of falling increases. Even if you're still active, you could have poor eyesight, slower reaction times, weaker muscles, or problems with your balance - all of which can lead to accidents or falls.
Tips to prevent you from falling -
keep your home clutter and obstacle free, especially stairs, so you can move around easily
use high wattage bulbs to provide good lighting
wear well-fitting shoes or slippers
get help if you need to lift something heavy
do gentle exercise to improve your balance and muscle strength
have regular health and eye tests
eat a healthy, balanced diet with plenty of calcium to keep your bones strong
What to do if you fall
If you fall when you're alone, get help and keep yourself warm. If you're worried about getting help, you may want to get a community alarm that you can wear around your neck. Pressing the alarm will alert our response centre staff and they'll ring you to see what's wrong.
When you next see your doctor or nurse, tell them about your fall. They can check whether a health problem is causing you to fall and if it's likely to happen again. If it is, they may give you medication to improve your condition.
Make sure you tell your family that you have had a fall so that they can keep an eye on you and make sure you get any treatment you might need.
Age UK Hull Falls Prevention
If you are worried about falling or have fallen in the past, you should look at ways to make you feel safer in your home. By adapting your home with grab handles in the areas you use most could help you move around your home easier. Using equipment such as a life-line pendant could ensure you get the help you need if you do get into difficulty.
To find out more about Age UK falls prevention in Hull visit the website using the link provided, alternatively telephone them on them on 01482 591 524.