Healthy Independent Ageing

One of our top priorities is supporting healthy independent ageing and we are aiming to achieve this by creating locality hubs within primary and community care, providing end of life care and giving people the choice to die where they choose and to help and advise people to support and manage long term conditions.

What social care services are available?

Many people’s first impression or thoughts of social care might be a residential care home. In fact, there’s a wide variety of social care services available and most people will be able to have care provided in their home.

Falls

Falls and fragility fractures are a significant challenge within health and social care with the incidence increasing at around 2% each year.  National data has shown that the rate of falls increases with age, and in any one year, one in three people over the age of 65, and one in two people over 80 will fall.

The impact of falls becomes more severe with age, with hip fractures being the most frequent fracture caused by falls, and the most common cause of accident related death. This is a particular challenge in the East Riding of Yorkshire, with the ageing population, where it is estimated that there are 20,000 falls per year.

Here is a guide on ten steps to staying steady and reducing the risk of falls.

Eye Care Booklet

Focus on falls

Keep warm keep well

This leaflet gives advice on staying healthy in cold weather  [link to external site]

Physical Activity Guidelines for older adults (age 65+)

Click here to view the guidelines [link to external site]

The Silver Line

The Silver Line is the only free confidential helpline providing information, friendship and advice to older people, open 24 hours a day, every day of the year.  Call 0800 4 70 80 90 anytime.

Walking works

We have the proof!

Guide to healthy ageing

NHS England has published a new Practical Guide to Healthy Ageing with Age UK, to help people improve their health and general fitness, particularly those aged 70 or over with ‘mild frailty’.

The evidence-based guide covers key areas that have been identified as the main risk factors for older people living at home, but if they are proactively managed, they can help people stay well for longer and improve their quality of life. Topics include medicines reviews, exercise, preventing falls, general home safety, and keeping warm and staying well in winter, with tips to help older people stay both physically and mentally fit and independent, and pointers on when to seek medical support and advice.  It also signposts people to a range of additional help and advice from Age UK.