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BSA Spring Assembly 2018 – Bridging the Age Gap

Venue: Edgware Hendon Reform Synagogue 118 Stonegrove, Edgware HA8 9AB
Date: Monday 14th May 2018
Time: 10.30am to 3pm
Cost: Free with Complementary Lunch Included
BSA Raffle: We will be having a Raffle with 4 or 5 good prizes, tickets to be purchased on the day
How to Get there: Bus 142 between Edgware and Brent Cross stops nearby at St Peters Church, Stonegrove

Doors open: at 10.30am for Refreshments and Browsing
Main Programme begins at 11.15am

Conatct: For more information or to book a place or to book a Stall
Please call Sue on 0203 778 0151 or email bsabarnet@outlook.com

Please Note the following:-
On-site parking for blue badge holders only. There are only 10 blue badge spaces available for booking.
Booking is needed for catering purposes
BSA is required to provide a register of names of all guests attending this event.

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 Association Spring Assembly 2017

    Ageing Well in Barnet

    About 100 old people sitting on chairs and holding up their hands
    See the Flickr album of photos

    It was “full house” on the 31st May, when about 220 of our older Barnet residents descended on Woodhouse College, to celebrate another of BSA’s fabulous events.
    Most knew what to expect: excellent speakers, chair exercises, a free lunch and much more. Apart from anything else, it allowed our visitors to meet-up with familiar faces, and make new friends, over a cup of tea/coffee. It was also an essential outing for those who experience loneliness. And the opportunity to browse amongst the many stall holders, to find some much needed information, as well as helpful assistance.

    Our chair, Nila Patel, welcomed everybody and also thanked the stall holders for their contributions. Having then made the introductions, the opening of the Assembly was made by The Deputy Mayor designate, Cllr Valerie Duschinsky, accompanied by Cllr Hugh Rayner. Valerie thanked BSA for their invitation, and gave a short speech in which she mentioned all of the good work being done to an ageing society and the new challenges facing them and those who looked after them.

    Of course, the major part of the event was provided by our dedicated speakers, the main of whom was Dr Catherine Loveday, Principal Lecturer in Cognitive Neuroscience at Westminster University. And her topic was, “Ageing well.” Although Catherine started her research at the age of 21, she feels that it is more relevant now. Having spent four years studying “brain and memory”, and having an elderly mother, she is especially keen in finding out “what helps us to age well?” How does the brain change with age, and how can we help it to do better? She notes important facts, such as that the brain adapts over time; whatever we do, it constantly changes to suit that particular situation. There is actually a balance between genes and environment. The brain progresses and changes rapidly from birth, but through life, there can be some “pruning”; although parts die along the way, there is actually some new growth in old age.

    Catherine repeated, that “memory research is my thing”, and knows that what worries most people is short term memory loss, and possible dementia. Of course, a lot of similar symptoms originate from non-demential sources e.g. old age always shows some forgetfulness, as do some of the pills that we might be taking. That does not automatically mean that we are suffering from dementia. The main theme of her very thorough talk was to consider the five important (in her opinion) attitudes to ageing:
    1. The brain is always changing.
    2. Consider nutrition and physical health.
    3. Sleep and the association of stress.
    4. Training the brain.
    5. Finally, LONELINESS. It’s a killer.
    All of the above items were discussed at great length, and it was a most informative lecture. Having fortified our brains with the above, it was time for fifteen minutes of chair-bound exercises “to music”, with the help of Wendy Nutman, from AgeUK Barnet. I must say that she seemed to wake up most of my body, and it was most invigorating; my joints are still in recovery mode.

    Mid-day was “Reaching Out” time, when Matthew Kendell (Director of Adults and Communities) spoke about Adult Social Care, and commented on some of the items mentioned by Dr Loveday, and stated that in his role, he meets many people and one has to have proper conversations with everybody. It might be personal and include needs from the council. He said that we all have to work together to ensure that Barnet is a good place to age in. And: “less forms and more chat!”. Three speakers were then introduced, who were allowed to speak for ten minutes each, about their particular project:
    Richard Peart spoke about the High Barnet Good Neighbour Scheme which started in 1984, and specializes in transportation; getting the elderly to their clinics, shops, GP’s etc. At the moment, they have about 100 clients and 20 volunteers. There is also a recently commenced befriending section, which can also offer advice, concerning local activities etc.
    Helen Newman was from AgeUK Barnet, and advised us of the numerous areas of assistance that they cover. There are lots of social activities, including tea dances, coffee mornings, exercise classes, etc. Not to forget their “What’s On” newsletter, and informative leaflets. Helen also mentioned that loneliness for the over-75’s was “out of control.”
    Our own Peter Cragg was proud to announce that this was “our tenth assembly”, and said that people sometimes ask him: “What does the BSA do?” “Well, not the usual tea dances, but we believe in working in partnership with others, such as the Council and NHS, to improve conditions for the residents of Barnet. There is no membership fee, but any donation is welcome, small or large. We also distribute 8,000 printed copies of our “Insider” newsletter, plus 4,000 more by email. New volunteers are always needed to help expand the distribution of this popular item”.

    There was then an hour’s break for our delicious, complementary buffet lunch, and networking opportunities: diaries at the ready!

    Many of our visitors stayed-on after lunch to hear the final talk, by Rosy Price, Volunteer Coordinator, from Silver Line. This, of course, is the wonderful “hot line” established by Esther Rantzen in 2013. It is open 24/7; based in Blackpool, but with its HQ in London. So far, they have been mainly funded by receiving £5m yearly from the Lottery, but this might cease. Silver Line deals with the over 55’s, who may be experiencing the loss of a spouse, loneliness, finance problems, friendship, advice or whatever. They are there to help at any time, either by phone or email.

    The day’s event was almost over, but Peter Cragg had allowed four of the stall holders to give a few minutes talk about their organizations, followed by a few questions from the audience. So, we had Janet from “Advocacy Barnet”, Andrew from “JDA”, Ann from “Freemantle” and a representative from “Mind and Mood.”

    Nila Patel thanked everybody for coming and the assembly closed at 2.15, although there were still quite a few people chatting around the stall holders.

    One could sum it up as having been a relaxing, interesting, informative, successful and very worthwhile four hours!

    Melvin Gamp 3rd June 2017

    We always welcome feedback, so if you have not completed our Spring Assembly Event Feedback Form we would be very pleased if you would kindly complete the BSA Feed Back Form

    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.

    Festive 3 Course Lunch – 12th December

    Venue: Claddagh Ring, 10 Church Road, London NW4 4EA
    Date: Tuesday 12th December
    Time: Please arrive by 12.30 for 1pm start
    Title: Festive 3 Course Lunch
    Cost: Approximately £22 per person. TBC

    BOOKING ESSENTIAL
    For more information or to book a place call Sue on 0203 778 0151 and leave a message (Sue we will call you back) or email bsabarnet@outlook.com.
    Or you can reserve a place via the Contact us General Enquiry form,
    please complete the General Enquiry Form and select the Event you would like to attend.

    Charterhouse Tour – 7th November

    Venue: The Charterhouse, Charterhouse Square, London EC1M 6AN
    Date: Tuesday 7th November
    Time: 1:45pm
    Cost: £10.00

    Charterhouse Tour – Standard tour

    BOOKING ESSENTIAL
    For more information or to book a place call Sue on 0203 778 0151 and leave a message (Sue we will call you back) or email bsabarnet@outlook.com.
    Or you can reserve a place via the Contact us General Enquiry form,
    please complete the General Enquiry Form and select the Event you would like to attend.

    Silver Sunday – 1st October

    People having tea with information stalls in the background
    Update (October 2017): A Flickr album of photos and a video from our Silver Sunday Tea at Woodhouse College is now available.

    This is a great date for your diary

    Venue: Woodhouse College, Woodhouse Road, Finchley, London, N12 9EY
    Date: Sunday 1st October
    Time: 12.30 – 4.00pm

    Silver Sunday is a Free Afternoon Tea Party for Fun and a Informal Drop In Event
    Information – Activities – Entertainment

    For more information or to book a place call Sue on 0203 778 0151 and leave a message (Sue we will call you back) or email bsabarnet@outlook.com.
    Or you can reserve a place via the Contact us General Enquiry form,
    please complete the General Enquiry Form and select the Event you would like to attend.

    The Dancing Years – 17th September

    Venue: Wyllyotts Centre, Wyllyotts Place, Darkes Lane, Potters Bar EN6 2HN.
    Date: Sunday 17th September
    Time: 2pm
    Parking: Free on a Sunday
    Getting Their:5 Mins walk from Train Station. 84 Bus stops near

    Join the BSA Committee for an enjoyable cabaret style event with the option of Afternoon Tea during the interval.
    Historian Trevor Marriott takes us on a nostalgic audio-visual trip of dance crazes from the Roaring 1920’s to the disco dances of the 1970’s. Trevor has a vast knowledge and is known for his witty presentation style.
    BSA has reserved 20 tickets on a first come first served basis. Our group will be seated together or near to each other.

    Concessions £11.00 plus £6.50 for Afternoon Tea served at your table at 4.00pm. Payment in advance, non-refundable unless we can sell your seat again.

    BOOKING ESSENTIAL
    For more information or to book a place call Sue on 0203 778 0151 and leave a message (Sue we will call you back) or email bsabarnet@outlook.com.
    Or you can reserve a place via the Contact us General Enquiry form,
    please complete the General Enquiry Form and select the Event you would like to attend.