Age UK join forces with Gransnet

April 12, 2012 at 3:47 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Since starting my blog I’ve become a regular visitor of Age UK’s website because it is packed with handy information, I’ve even taken part in several of their campaigns including the annual Spread the Warmth crusade and The Big Knit.

Now Age UK has teamed up with Gransnet, a social networking site directed specifically at grandparents, together they are hosting online forums which allow users to interact with other people who are a similar age and have similar lifestyles.

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Age UK recently joined Gransnet to host online forums

The forums covers all sorts of subject areas from hobbies to family and friends, TV and film recommendations to more serious topics like healthcare and politics- there really is something for everyone.

The partnership is set to be extremely successful as both Age UK and Gransnet have loyal followings that will get a lot from each other. Plus both organisations behold the same mission of ensuring a happy and healthy life for older people.

Join the discussions with Age UK and Gransnet here.

Age UK’s Bobble Day 2012

February 10, 2012 at 12:40 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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This time last year the entire office when bobble crazy for Age UK’s first ever ‘Bobble Day’, a fundraiser to support the charity’s ‘Spread the Warmth’ campaign.

After great success in their first year Age UK decided to make Bobble Day an annual event. Encouraging the entire country to wear their winter woollies, knit something woolly or even better make lots of woolly bobbles (we attached ours to hats, glove and socks). Hopefully raising awareness of how important staying warm during the winter is, especially amongst elderly and vulnerable members of society.

Bobble Day 2012

Unfortunately we’ve not had time to make any Bath-Knight bobbles this year but we are all wearing our winter woollies. I’m sure you’ll agree that today couldn’t be a better example of how importantly wearing warm clothing, drinking plenty of hot tea and ensuring that your central heating is warming your home sufficiently actually is.

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This year Age UK has joined forces with Grannies Inc a fantastic company who produced one off knitted accessories. I’d highly recommend checking out their website as it packed with fantastic ideas and collections.

Together they have created a woolly bobble hat dedicated to Bobble Day, which is available to purchase now. The brightly coloured woolly is the perfect accessory to wear if you’re out visiting elderly friends, family and neighbours during wintery spells.

This year’s campaign has also gained support from well-known faces within the media as Sir Roger Moore, Joanna Lumley, Jo Wood and Roxanne Pallett have all pledged their support to Bobble Day.  You can join them by supporting Bobble Day via the Age UK website. Here you’ll find a fool proof guide to making woolly bobbles and more information about the campaign in general.

For more tips about staying warm check out my Winter Warmers blog which includes handy tips and advice on how to stay safe and beat the cold this winter.

Winter Warmers – The best ways to stay warm this winter!

January 31, 2012 at 3:05 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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After a period of mild weather I’m sure that many of you will have noticed the sudden drop in temperature this week. As its still January it’s important to remember that it is in fact still winter so we should be prepared for cold spells. This week it’s predicted to be particularly chilly and the Met Office has issued a serve cold weather warming which runs right until Friday morning.

As the Met Office set out precautions it’s important to do the same, insuring maximum personal safety and wellbeing. I know that for many older and elderly people getting out of the house can be difficult in the winter so call on the help of friends and family to bring around essentials.

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Whilst at home ensure you’re as warm as possible by layering clothing, I find that wearing thinly layers garments  such as a vest with one or two thin t-shirts on top and then a cardigan is much more effective than one large jumper, the thin layers trap in body heat keeping you warmer for longer. I’d suggest the same for night ware too.  Change an hour or so before you’re planning to get into bed this way you’ll already be snug and warm. 

So how else can you beat the cold? Alongside drinking plenty of warm drinks and ensuring that windows and doors are closed a tip taken from last night’s SuperScrimpers: Waste Not Want Not was to put your heating on constant but turn the thermostat down. This way warm heat will always be circulating the house but won’t build a huge bill. If you feel a chill during the evening pop the fire on for an hour or so. Easy!

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Get creative- make draught excluders

For anyone who is crafty like me why not make a draught excluder (there are plenty on the high street if you’d prefer to buy one). The beauty about making your own is they are easy and quick to make, plus it give you something fun to do for an afternoon, and you can choose any design which you like. I’d suggest following this ‘How to…’ guide from The Guardian.

Despite all of these wonderful ways to stay warm my favourite thing to do during the winter months is to eat fabulous comfort foods all which are hearty and full of goodness.  Winter warmers like soups, stews, homemade pies and one pot casseroles are all perfect to make for winter as they can be made in advance and frozen for convenience.

My favourite winter pick me up is good old fashioned Shepherd’s pie, which may sound a little old hat but it’s a fantastic winter recipe. Not only is it easy to prepare, filling and full of healthy veggies it’s also incredibly cheap. I like a sprinkle of cheese on top and a good helping of gravy!

 

itea and biscuits week 2011 with Age UK

September 19, 2011 at 4:13 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Discovering the digital world is an exciting journey, regardless of age or agenda. For example I use my website and blog to showcase both my professional and personal thoughts. For me the internet is a wonderful arena to stay connected.

However, the problem most people face is getting started. I know that lots of people want to be a computer whiz but are too worried that they might get it wrong to even start. Thankfully, this week Age UK is hosting itea and biscuit events up and down the country to get more people online and digital.

The events, which are free, are taking place in local schools, libraries, community centres and village halls and ran with new comers in mind. Offering the opportunity to get to grips with the internet, mobile phones and even digital cameras so that you can capture your favourite moments and send them on to family and friends.  

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The idea behind itea and biscuit is basic but brilliant; making friends, socialising and becoming a little savvier with technology over a nice cup of tea. So if you’re thinking about creating a Facebook profile but worried that you might not have any friends online, get in touch with those in your itea and biscuit session so that you can learn together. It makes getting involved in the digital world easy and a whole lot more fun.

Remember that itea and biscuit session are for beginners so don’t feel nervous or intimidated. Go along with an open mind, willing to learn something new and you’ll be truly amazes by what you can achieve.

For more information about itea and biscuit session click here and to find an event in your local area click here.

Should there be a drinking limit for the 65+ generation?

June 24, 2011 at 2:08 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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I am sure that many of you have read about new studies claiming that people aged 65 and over should limit themselves to drinking 1.5 units of alcohol per day.

The studies from the Royal College of Psychiatrists claim that this is the safe limit of alcohol for the aging generation. But the question is should we be told our limits or are we wise enough to know when enough is enough?

The general consensus would seem to agree with the latter. That people in this age bracket have enough experience and knowledge about themselves, and their personal ‘limits’ to judge their own alcohol consumption.

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Should an limit be put on alcohol for the 65 plus age group?

To suggest such limits seems a little out of touch with reality. 1.5 units of alcohol is less than a standard glass of white wine and a little over half a pint of beer. With this in mind the reality of people stopping enjoying a glass of wine with dinner or a pint in the pub is unlikely and even a little patronising.

Although, I do agree that understanding the affect alcohol can have on health at any age is of great importance. Maybe the claims should have avoiding using the term ‘limit’ and instead suggested that the 65 plus age group should enjoy in moderation.

I read a great article  on the Telegraph These ninnies are actually driving me to drink’ which offers a tongue and cheek approach to the new claims.

Pensioners ‘Heat or Eat’ during cold weather: The Raising Price of Living.

June 8, 2011 at 4:10 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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I was quite shocked to hear the headline ‘Heat or Eat’ on a feature article during BBC Breakfast this morning. As I didn’t have time to catch the feature in full I was quick to Google the article when I arrived in the office this morning.

‘Poorest pensioners face ‘heat or eat’ concern’ on the BBC News site states the shocking fact that some pensioner household cut their spending on essentials such as food during the cold weather to enable sufficiently funding to heat their homes.

The report from The Institute of Fiscal Studies, found that elderly people saw a 7% increase on fuel spending during cold spells, whilst a separate reports claims a decrease in expenditure on food by the elderly during the same time period.

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As energy provider Scottish Power confirmed that customers will see an increase in the cost of gas and electricity in the coming months, which will almost certainly be followed by other providers. The price of staying warm and healthy during colder periods looks bleak for the elderly.

Although I am aware of the impact which the harsh weather has on vulnerable elderly people, I find it unbearable to think that the elderly are suffering so harshly.

The article mentions government schemes such as the Winter Fuel Allowance which are accessible for the elderly. Although such are a great way to support the elderly in affording ever rising fuel costs, I agree with Laura Blow from IFS who suggest that ‘simply calling a benefit by a particular name can have a real effect on how it is spent’. As the elderly seem to be restricting their spending to heating along, forgetting about the need to stay on top of other areas for a healthy life style.

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Support each other...

I personally feel that it is important to make sure that all the necessary steps are taken to ensure that elderly loved ones aren’t missing out on essentials. Here are my steps to help the elderly:

– Support: It might sound obvious but help from friends, family, local authorities, community support etc… can all take the burden off elderly people who might be struggling.

-Research: Do some research to find out what you (or a relative) are entitled too. There are lots of government benefits which aren’t claimed because people don’t know that they are eligible to them. Here is a basic guide to benefits which you might find helpful.

-Save your money: Make the most out of offers, vouchers and ways to save money! Using resources such as Martin Lewis Money Saving Expert can really help you make some essential saving. His tips range from how to claim energy grants, ensuring you’re receiving the correct state pension payments and simple stuff like making the most of Tesco club vouchers which can help save money here and there.

Charities: Don’t be afraid to get help and support from charities. Age UK ran a great scheme during the winter called ‘Spread the Warmth’, which helped thousands of old people stay healthy, warm and happy despite the freezing temperatures.

BBC Radio Stoke at Trentham Garden with Digital Switchover advice.

April 12, 2011 at 2:59 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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BBC Radio Stoke Trentham Gardens Digital Switchover

The Bath-Knight Marketing team have just popped out to local shopping village and garden centre ‘Trentham Gardens’, where BBC Radio Stoke are broadcasting their afternoon show from today.

The BBC Radio Stoke team are joined by the Digital Switchover team who are out and about in Trentham Gardens offering help and advice about the switchover.

For more information about the digital switchover including how to become part of the ‘Help Scheme’, which offers installation services for the elderly and disabled check out the Help Scheme website or call 0800 40 85 900.

Wheel of Warmth

December 13, 2010 at 2:25 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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During the cold snap I have been thrilled to see that so many charities and organisation are taking measures to help raise awareness of the differences the elderly face during the cold winter months.

I have spoken before about the work of AgeUK and their ‘Spread the Warmth’ campaign. I am delighted to see their efforts have gone even further.

Introducing ‘Lionel’s Wheel of Warmth’, fronted by Lionel Blair, a new innovative digital wheel which spins and produces handy hint, tips and good will gestures which are a simple but effective ways of enhancing the well-being of your friends and family.

With thoughtful suggestions such as ‘Put all the loose change that’s weighing you down into the next collection tin you see’ or ‘Give up a chair to someone who might need it more than you’. You are left with pockets full of inspiration for a good deed!

Not only is it for a brilliant cause it is tremendous fun. Follow the link to try it out yourself http://bit.ly/ekNJ1Q 

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