Inactivity

  • Adults aged 65 and over spend on average 10 hours or more each day sitting or lying down.
  • They're paying a high price for their inactivity, with higher rates of falls, obesity, heart disease and early death compared with the general population.
  • There's strong scientific evidence that people who are active have a lower risk of heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, some cancers, depression and dementia.
  • If you want to stay pain-free, reduce your risk of mental illness, and be able to go out and stay independent well into old age, you need to keep moving.

Loneliness

  • Hundreds of thousands of elderly people are lonely and cut off from society in this country, especially those over the age of 75.
  • In England, 51% of all people over 75 live alone and 5 million older people say the television is their main form of company.
  • People can become socially isolated for a variety of reasons such as getting older, weaker, no longer being the hub of their family, leaving the workplace, disability or illness, and the deaths of spouses and friends.
  • Whatever the cause, it’s shockingly easy to be left feeling alone and vulnerable, which can lead to depression and a serious decline in physical health and well-being.

Funding

  • You could ask a family member, carer or GP to contact social services for you and ask for the “needs assessment” or “care assessment” on your behalf,
  • Social services have a legal duty to assess anyone who appears to be in need of support services, regardless of income and savings. The needs assessment should not cover any financial matters, except to ensure you are receiving the benefits you are entitled to.
  • When you or someone on your behalf contacts social services you may be asked some basic questions such as your name, address, age, who your doctor is, who your next-of-kin is, the state of your health and what difficulties you are having.
  • Personal budgets - which everyone eligible for council support will have from 2013 onwards - can be provided as direct payments to allow people to have more choice and control over any assistance and support services they receive, this includes home care and community alarms (like My SOS Family)