Barnet Seniors Insider, Issue 16 (January / February 2018)

Barnet Seniors Insider 16 PDF (January / February 2018) is now available to download here (PDF 1.3Mb, 8 sides of A4).

The Insider contains news for senior citizens in Barnet. It gives people practical information about local services, support, events, places to go and things to do that could interest and help them to live their lives to the full.

Contents of Insider 16

  • Getting help for forgetfulness
  • Forgetfulness is common, particularly as we get older. Often this is nothing to worry about.
  • Adult Learning is Within Reach
  • The WEA way is friendly, accessible education on your doorstep. You do not need any previous knowledge or qualifications to join their courses, only a willingness to share with others your curiosity, ideas and experience.
  • Weekday Walks in natural surroundings
  • Weekday walks generally take place twice a week, typically on Tuesdays and Thursdays, some for half a day and some for most of the day being between 5 and 10 miles in length. All the walks are in scenic locations.
  • Learning for Pleasure
  • Art, Books, Bridge, Choir, Computing, Crafts, Photography, Film, Genealogy, Golf, Keep fit, Lunch Club, Poetry, Scrabble, Walking and more with the U3A (University of the Third Age).
  • Join People Bank
  • Each of you offer something unique with your knowledge and experience. Barnet Council and Barnet Clinical Commissioning Group are looking for motivated, interested people who can give feedback about health and social care and help to make real changes to improve services for everyone.
  • I Wish I Could Snatch That Monster Away
  • A poem about dementia by James Hale
  • Dementia Friendly Swimming
  • Swimming is particularly helpful for people living with dementia as the sensation of being in the water can provide a calming and soothing effect. At Barnet Copthall Leisure Centre.
  • Cinememories @ the Phoenix Cinema
  • Dementia friendly screenings will be shown with brighter lighting, quieter sound and an interval.
  • Phone call blockers
  • Protecting consumers with dementia from phone scams.
  • Dementia cafés and clubs
  • There are now lots of dementia cafés and clubs in Barnet. A full list of places and times is included.
  • Reducing Inheritance Tax
  • If you are worried about your Inheritance tax liability you can reduce the value of your estate by making gifts to your loved ones.
  • Ask Bob
  • Why did I pay too much tax on my pension drawdown?
  • Purse Dipping or Pickpocketing
  • Don’t Get Dipped, Keep Your Handbag Zipped. And protect your PIN number.
  • Out and About in Barnet
  • Things to do
  • Advertise from £120
  • Advertising in Barnet Seniors Insider is welcomed, with priority given to local organisations. Advertising space is limited and contributes towards costs.
  • and mentions for…
  • Barnet Carers Centre volunteering, The Finchley Charities sheltered housing, and The Fremantle Trust care services.

To read the full text of these articles, download the Insider 16 PDF.

Barnet Seniors Insider, Issue 15 (November / December 2017)

Barnet Seniors Insider 15 PDF (November / December 2017) is now available to download here (PDF 602Kb, 8 sides of A4).

The Insider contains news for senior citizens in Barnet. It gives people practical information about local services, support, events, places to go and things to do that could interest and help them to live their lives to the full.

Contents of Insider 15

  • Protect your Pension
  • Our pensions are usually one of our most valuable assets, offering financial support throughout our later lives.
  • Volunteering Opportunities
  • Volunteer as a Family Activities Volunteer for Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospice, or volunteer to teach English language with Barnet Southgate College.
  • Love to Move
  • Activity for older people in their local setting, including Pilates, Nordic Walking and Dance in a social environment.
  • HeartLinks
  • Living with a heart condition. The HeartLinks Support Group meets once a month, when a talk is given on an area of interest, and a cardiac rehabilitation specialist nurse is present to give advice.
  • Timebanking
  • Timebanking is the way of spending one hour of time helping someone out and earning one time-credit in return where everyone’s time is equal. For example, you could cook for an elderly neighbour and receive Spanish lessons in return.
  • Dementia Cafés
  • There are now lots dementia cafés and clubs in Barnet. A full list of places and times is included.
  • Chimney Fire Safety
  • To keep you and your family safe from fire you should take care to have your chimney swept regularly.
  • Behind the wheel
  • Make sure that you are familiar with the latest edition of The Highway Code – it’s probably changed since you last read it. To boost your confidence, you can book an experienced driver assessment. Also consider adapting your car.
  • Going home from hospital
  • You shouldn’t be discharged from hospital until the support you need has been put in place. If you have recently left hospital, we want to hear from you about your experience.
  • Support Hubs for people with long-term health conditions
  • The Support Hubs will be in Hampstead and Barnet High Street. They will be run by the Royal Free Charity, and will offer welfare and benefits advice, information on local and national services, and a programme of wellbeing talks and workshops.
  • Ask Bob
  • How do I switch energy supplier?
  • Help in cold weather
  • Fuel bills can be a worry in winter, but it’s important for your health that your home stays warm. Find out if you’re eligible for extra money to help with the cost of heating your home when the weather gets colder.
  • Out and About in Barnet
  • Things to do
  • Advertise from £120
  • Advertising in Barnet Seniors Insider is welcomed, with priority given to local organisations. Advertising space is limited and contributes towards costs.

    To read the full text of these articles, download the Insider 15 PDF.

    Barnet Seniors Insider, Issue 14 (September / October 2017)

    Barnet Seniors Insider 14 PDF (September / October 2017) is now available to download here (PDF 517Kb, 8 sides of A4).

    The Insider contains news for senior citizens in Barnet. It gives people practical information about local services, support, events, places to go and things to do that could interest and help them to live their lives to the full.

    Contents of Insider 14

  • Silver Week 1st – 8th October 2017
  • Come and join us to celebrate Silver Week 2017 – Activities and events occurring throughout the week, starting with one big party. List of events on page 5 and at www.barnet.gov.uk/silverweek.
  • Volunteering Opportunities
  • Volunteer in East Barnet or South Friern Barnet library, or support a stroke survivor.
  • Lawrence Street Allotments
  • Lawrence Street Allotments in Mill Hill is a beautiful, friendly site with its own communal orchards and shared wheelbarrows and mowers. Plots are available at the time of writing.
  • Inclusion Barnet
  • Inclusion Barnet offer a free and independent support planning service, delivered by a team of disabled people, to promote independent living, so that disabled people can have choice and control in their lives.
  • Stroke Association
  • ‘Getting Back to Life’ services. The Stroke Association provides a variety of services that will help you enjoy a better quality of life, return to your community and face the future.
  • Barnet Stroke Services
  • Every year about 500 people in Barnet have a stroke and it is estimated that about 5,000 stroke survivors live in the Borough. There are designated specialist units to deal with stroke: Hyper Acute Stroke Units (HASU) provide the immediate response to a stroke and Stroke Units which provide multi-therapy rehabilitation and ongoing medical supervision following treatment at the HASU.
  • Strength Based Social Care
  • Barnet Council are applying a strengths-based approach to social care, the purpose of which is to prevent, reduce or delay a person’s health and social care needs from either developing or escalating. You can get more information from Social Care Direct (phone or email) or by visiting Care Space in Colindale.
  • Ask Bob
  • Is Microwave Food Healthy? (Yes)
  • Out and About in Barnet
  • Things to do
  • And mentions for…
  • Stroke Association and Dementia Cafés
  • Advertise from £120
  • Advertising in Barnet Seniors Insider is welcomed, with priority given to local organisations. Advertising space is limited and contributes towards costs.

    To read the full text of these articles, download the Insider 14 PDF.

    Barnet Seniors Insider, Issue 13 (July / August 2017)

    Barnet Seniors Insider 13 PDF (July / August 2017) is now available to download here (PDF 381Kb, 8 sides of A4).

    The Insider contains news for senior citizens in Barnet. It gives people practical information about local services, support, events, places to go and things to do that could interest and help them to live their lives to the full.

    Contents of Insider 13

  • All together now
  • Singing has health benefits – but it’s also fun. Details of three choirs you can join who just sing for fun, where beginners of any age are welcome.
  • Ransackers Project
  • Serious study in later life. Note that the web address should be www.ransackersassociation.org.uk
  • Barnet Hear to Meet
  • Action on Hearing Loss, formerly RNID, hold Hear to Meet groups in Barnet to bring people who have hearing loss together to share their experiences. They also provide a range of information on ear heath, hearing aid care, tinnitus and equipment over a cuppa.
  • Fremantle Trust
  • Founded in 1992, The Fremantle Trust is a registered charity and not-for-profit business providing care and support services for older people and adults with a learning disability.
  • Electrical Safety
  • Electric socket covers are not really safe.
  • Eye Tests
  • Some people have perfect eyes. To help keep them that way it is a good idea to have a regular checkup.
  • Electrical Fires
  • Electrical fires are common. Many electrical fires can be avoided by following seven simple actions.
  • Rogue Traders
  • If it sounds too good to be true, it is too good to be true. Rogue Traders are conmen who usually call door to door seeking elderly or vulnerable residents.
  • Ask Bob
  • Why do I sometimes find it hard to swallow food?
  • Pension Credit
  • Despite around four million people being entitled to Pension Credit, a third of pensioners still don’t claim it. Therefore, it’s essential to check whether you qualify.
  • Out and About in Barnet
  • Things to do
  • And mentions for…
  • Allotment / Garden Helper wanted by TouchBase South East, and Dementia Cafés
  • Advertise from £120
  • Advertising in Barnet Seniors Insider is welcomed, with priority given to local organisations. Advertising space is limited and contributes towards costs.

    To read the full text of these articles, download the Insider 13 PDF.

    Barnet Seniors Insider, Issue 12 (May / June 2017)

    Barnet Seniors Insider 12 PDF (May / June 2017) is now available to download here (PDF 434Kb, 8 sides of A4).

    The Insider contains news for senior citizens in Barnet. It gives people practical information about local services, support, events, places to go and things to do that could interest and help them to live their lives to the full.

    We welcome contributions for publication from individuals and community groups. We also accept advertising in the Insider at rates from £120 for a quarter page. Details are in the magazine itself.

    Contents of Insider 12

    • Early checks can save lives
    Local GP urges residents to take up offer of bowel cancer screening tests
    • Become a Supporter of BSA
    Join in with Barnet Seniors Assembly
    • The Club in the Park
    Finchley Victoria Bowling Club
    • Healthy Ageing
    Five points will help to keep you fit and independent
    • Falls are NOT inevitable
    Falls are NOT an inevitable part of getting older. Here are some simple things you can do to reduce the risk
    • Escaping from a fire
    Make an escape plan and practice it regularly
    • Carers Week 12 – 18 June 2017
    All of us, whatever we do, have a part to play. Right now there are over 30,000 carers in Barnet, looking after older, seriously ill or disabled family or friends
    • Ask Bob
    Are there different types of yoga?
    • Getting a Blue Badge
    If you have problems with walking or other health conditions that affect your mobility, you may be able to get a Blue Badge to help you park closer to the places you want to go
    • Out and About in Barnet
    Things to do
    • And mentions for…
    Barnet Safeguarding Adults Board, Valentine Poole Charity and Dementia Cafés

    To read the full text of these articles, download the Insider 12 PDF.

    If you would like to become a BSA Supporter and receive an email of the Barnet Seniors Insider when a new issue is published and details of any events, please send us your details via the Contact Us page.

    Barnet Seniors Insider, Issue 11 (March / April 2017)

    Barnet Seniors Insider 11 PDF (March / April 2017) is now available to download here (PDF 440Kb, 8 sides of A4).

    The Insider contains news for senior citizens in Barnet. It gives people practical information about local services, support, events, places to go and things to do that could interest and help them to live their lives to the full.

    Contents of Insider 11

  • Protect Your Money
  • How to avoid becoming a victim of fraud and scams.
  • Community Focus
  • The all inclusive arts centre. Learning helps to enrich lives.
  • Friend in Need (FIN) Community Centre
  • FIN offers a series of different activities and services for older adults that aim to promote independent living.
  • Barnet Hospital Charity
  • Little touches and Big differences. Launched in June 2015 to make the hospital a nicer environment for patients, volunteers and staff.
  • Dementia: Reduce your risk in 5 steps…
  • It’s never too early or too late to take steps to reduce your risk of dementia.
  • Broadband
  • Top four ways broadband internet saves you money.
  • Is your home at risk of fire?
  • The London Fire Brigade offers free home fire safety visits.
  • Equipment to help you stay independent
  • Aids and equipment can help you stay independent and safe at home and in the community.
  • Ask Bob
  • What is the best exercise older adults? Some people can run marathons or compete in triathlons, whereas others may be more comfortable walking, gardening or doing tai chi.
  • Renewing your driving licence at 70
  • Driving Licences expire when you reach the age of 70 and you will need to renew it.
  • Out and About in Barnet
  • Things to do
  • And mentions for…
  • Barnet Mencap, and Dementia Cafés

    To read the full text of these articles, download the Insider 11 PDF.

    Barnet Seniors Insider, Issue 10 (January / February 2017)

    Barnet Seniors Insider 10 PDF (January / February 2017) is now available to download here (PDF 1.4Mb, 8 sides of A4).

    The Insider contains news for senior citizens in Barnet. It gives people practical information about local services, support, events, places to go and things to do that could interest and help them to live their lives to the full.

    Contents of Insider 10

  • Overcoming Loneliness
  • Loneliness is not just about spending more time alone than is comfortable. It’s about all the knock-on effects too.
  • Growing healthy communities with From Generation to Generation
  • ‘Intergen’ brings older and younger people together to learn and have fun, sharing the untapped skills, knowledge and experience of life older people have to offer, supporting and inspiring each other.
  • Supporting elderly living
  • The Barnet Elderly Asians group helps members to access public services as well as providing lunch, exercise and social opportunities in a culturally sensitive environment.
  • Spotlight on local services
  • Healthwatch Barnet listens to views about Barnet health and social care services and they talk to the health service and Council about this to improve the service.
  • Distraction burglary
  • Reduce the risk of becoming a victim of distraction burglary.
  • Hospital stays
  • Before, during and after a hospital stay. You may not always know you’ll be going into hospital, but when you do it’s a good idea to plan ahead.
  • Kitchen Fire Safety
  • Over half of all house fires in the UK start in the kitchen.
  • Stay well this winter
  • Top 10 tips for staying healthy this winter. Cold and wintry conditions, combined with shorter days, can make many of us feel poorly.
  • Ask Bob
  • Doctors, Pharmacies, Walk-in Centres, Accident and Emergency: where to go.
  • Don’t be embarrassed
  • Talking about what goes on in the privacy of our bathroom isn’t a conversation we tend to have, but don’t be embarrassed to speak to your GP if you have any questions or concerns about bowel cancer.
  • Out and About in Barnet
  • Things to do
  • And mentions for…
  • Barnet Mencap, Dementia Cafés, and Silverline

    To read the full text of these articles, download the Insider 10 PDF.

    Barnet Seniors Insider, Issue 9 (November / December 2016)

    Barnet Seniors Insider 9 PDF (November / December 2016) is now available to download here (PDF 640kB, 8 sides of A4).

    The Insider contains news for senior citizens in Barnet. It gives people practical information about local services, support, events, places to go and things to do that could interest and help them to live their lives to the full.

    Contents of Insider 9

  • Don’t Panic!
  • Planning for your future care can bring peace of mind for you and your family…
  • Barnet Giving — Unlock the power
  • Barnet Giving is an initiative to raise funds for local charitable groups and projects addressing the most pressing needs and supporting the most vulnerable people in Barnet.
  • The Puddenecks Club — Help for the elderly
  • The Puddenecks Club raises money to help the elderly in Barnet (primarily EN4 and EN5 areas). Over recent years the focus has been on helping to overcome loneliness and isolation. Events include Bingo, Fish and Chip evenings, trips to the cinema, days outings and a Christmas party.
  • Vintage Volunteering
  • RSVP has changed its name to Vintage Volunteering. Nothing else has changed about the organisation … projects, purpose and volunteers all remain the same. Vintage Volunteering is a volunteer programme for mature people (age 50+) who would like to offer their skills and give time back to their community via a variety of projects.
  • Dementia cafés and clubs
  • If you have dementia or are caring for someone living with dementia, you’ll be welcomed at any of the dementia cafés or clubs.
  • Are you prepared for an emergency?
  • As we head towards the winter months, we want to make sure you’re prepared for bad weather and other emergencies. Would you know what to do if there was a power cut in your area? Do you have a backup plan if surface flooding started becoming a problem locally?
  • Thinking about moving…
  • If you are thinking about moving to a more suitable home, there are various housing options you could consider: Downsizing, Moving to a home designed for older people, Moving in with the family.
  • Smoking
  • The most common cause of death by fire is in the home.
  • Love your heart
  • We should all be thinking about our heart health and what we can do to keep as healthy as possible.
  • Ask Bob
  • A stroke is a serious medical condition that occurs when the blood supply to part of the brain is cut off.
  • Income Tax
  • Check you’re not missing out on any allowances…
  • Stop Smoking Support
  • All stop smoking services in Barnet are provided by an accredited stop smoking practitioner at registered GP surgeries and pharmacies. The service provides free and confidential one to one support for those who want to give up smoking.
  • Out and About in Barnet
  • Things to do

    Erratum: the Computers and a Cuppa sessions at The Sebright Arms on Fridays start at 1.30pm.

    Vintage Volunteering (formerly RSVP Outer London North) mentioned in the newsletter has a new web site at www.vintagevolunteering.org.uk.

    To read the full text of these articles, download the Insider 9 PDF.

    Barnet Senior Insider, Issue 8 (September / October 2016)

    Barnet Seniors Insider 8 PDF (September / October 2016) is now available to download here (PDF 1000kB, 8 sides of A4).

    The full text is only available as a PDF.

    The Insider contains news for senior citizens in Barnet. It gives people practical information about local services, support, events, places to go and things to do that could interest and help them to live their lives to the full.

    Contents of Insider 8

  • Silver Sunday Week 2 – 8 October 2016
  • You’re invited to Barnet’s Silver Sunday week of activities, starting with a party at Hendon Town Hall on Sunday 2 October 2016. Note that the link www.barnet.gov.uk/silver-sunday given for the Silver Sunday Week events and activities won’t work if you copy and paste it as it has the wrong sort of hyphen! Try https://www.barnet.gov.uk/silver-sunday.
  • High Barnet Good Neighbour Scheme
  • Befrienders needed to perform neighbourly services for our (mostly elderly) lonely and isolated clients.
  • Difficult Conversations
  • Talking to your elderly relative about what might happen in the future can be daunting but by talking early you can find out what your relative wants, help them make decisions and have the peace of mind of knowing that arrangements are in place.
  • Energy Grants
  • Are you eligible for up-to £300 Winter Fuel Payment for 2016/2017?
  • Thoughts, feelings and physical symptoms
  • As we get older, changes in our lives, such as bereavement, illness or retirement, can make us more vulnerable to depression or anxiety.
  • Retired and Senior Volunteer Programme
  • RSVP Barnet is a volunteer programme for mature individuals (50+) who have built up skills and experience and would like to offer some of it back to their community.
  • Ask Bob
  • Dementia
  • Out and About in Barnet
  • Things to do

    Errata: the Computers and a Cuppa sessions at The Sebright Arms have moved from Tuesdays to Fridays, and a new time 1.30pm to 3.30pm.

    To read the full text of these articles, download the Insider 8 PDF.

    Barnet Senior Insider, Issue 7 (July / August 2016)

    Barnet Seniors Insider 7 PDF (July / August 2016) is now available to download here (PDF 970kB, 8 sides of A4).

    The full text is only available as a PDF.

    The Insider contains news for senior citizens in Barnet. It gives people practical information about local services, support, events, places to go and things to do that could interest and help them to live their lives to the full.

    Contents of Insider 7

  • Support for carers
  • If you care for your spouse, partner, family member or friend, find what support is available. Get a Carer’s Assessment, Support Plan and Personal Budget.
  • Interested in volunteering?
  • Ever thought of giving some of your time to help others in the community? Whatever your background and skills, there will be a volunteering opportunity for you.
  • Multilingual mental health services
  • The Multilingual Wellbeing Services (MWS) provide advocacy, counselling and Mental Health Awareness (Happylife) workshops in Arabic, Cantonese, Dari, Farsi / Persian, French, Hindi, Mandarin, Panjabi, Pashto, Turkish and Urdu.
  • Give and Take
  • Timebanking is the way of spending one hour of time helping someone out and earning one time credit in return where everyone’s time is equal.
  • Bright Futures
  • Barnet Mencap’s Fit2gether project provides lots of chances to try new sports and physical activities, for people with learning disabilities and people with autism or Aspergers and their families.
  • Visbuzz
  • Video calling for lonely people
  • Finding Help at Home
  • Most of us want to live independently in our own homes for as long as possible, but as we get older we may need some support and assistance. If you can’t manage tasks like washing, dressing and feeding yourself, contact Social Services.
  • Candles and naked flames
  • One of the biggest causes of fire within homes. Advice to keep you safe.
  • Making small changes to keep active
  • Exercise protects your joints by keeping muscles strong, and improves balance, confidence and mood.
  • Trusted Traders
  • The Which? Trusted Traders scheme provides a list of local traders who can be used knowing they’ve been checked and assessed before being accepted.
  • Ask Bob
  • Type 1 diabetes, type 2 diabetes
  • Out and About in Barnet
  • Things to do

    To read the full text of these articles, download the Insider 7 PDF.