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.

Spring Assembly – 31 May 2017

Barnet Seniors Assembly Spring Assembly 2017

Free public event on the theme “Ageing well in Barnet”

  • Wednesday 31st May 2017
  • 10.30am – 2.15pm. Registration opens 10am
  • Woodhouse College, Woodhouse Road, Finchley, London, N12 9EY

Buses 134 & 221 stop right outside Woodhouse College. No 43 stops nearby in Friern Barnet. It’s a 5 minute walk from Tally Ho Corner bus station.

  • Talks
  • Movement to music
  • Stalls to browse
  • Networking opportunities
  • Complementary buffet lunch

All Senior Residents are welcome.

RSVP by Telephone: 020 3778 0151 or email: bsabarnet@outlook.com by 17th May 2017

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.

    Day trip to Rye and Hastings – 16 June 2016

    All are welcome to join Barnet Seniors’ (55+) coach trip to two small coastal towns each with important historic connections. Rye, one of the Cinque Ports, is England’s best-preserved medieval town, once almost entirely surrounded by water and now 2 miles from the open sea. Town and shops within easy walking distance, also market, tea rooms and restaurants.

    Then on to the old-fashioned sea-side town to Hastings, with well-preserved old town, fishing fleet and the remains of the first castle to be built in England by William and Conqueror.

    Arrival time in Rye between 11 and 11.30am . We spend 2 hours in Rye then half an hour trip on to Hastings – free time in Hastings from 2pm until about 4.30pm home around 6.30 to 6.45 pm.

    Cost £20 per head

    Thursday 16 June 2016. Pick up from Everyman Cinema Barnet or Sainsbury, North Finchley.

    Comfortable 39 Seat Coach (Reggies Coaches)

    Booking is essential call 0203 778 0151 and leave a message we will call you back. Or email: bsabarnet@outlook.com . We have a few seats still available (as at 1 June). All are welcome.

    Barnet Senior Insider, Issue 6 (May / June 2016)

    Barnet Seniors Insider 6 PDF (May / June 2016) is now available to download here (PDF 650kB, 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 6

  • The State Pension is changing
  • If you reached the State Pension age after the 5 April 2016, you’ll receive the new State Pension
  • Interested in volunteering?
  • Ever thought of giving some of your time to help others in the community?
  • SweetTree Fields Farm
  • Outdoor activities in Mill Hill
  • Carers Week
  • 6-12 June 2016. Raising awareness of caring and its challenges, and recognising the contribution that carers make
  • Outreach Barnet
  • A short‐term support service that works with people who have housing related support needs
  • Dementia Awareness
  • Not just memory loss
  • Out and About – Personal Theft!
  • Keep your bag zipped
  • Barnet Shared Lives
  • Carers who are paid to host an adult in their own home
  • Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
  • Install a carbon monoxide (CO) alarm
  • Some tips from a GP
  • Be prepared for your appointment
  • Ask Bob
  • Diagnostic imaging – PET scans, ultrasound and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
  • Out and About in Barnet
  • Things to do
  • Advertising in the Insider
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    Silver Sunday – 2 October 2016

    Silver Sunday - celebrating older peopleSilver Sunday is an annual day of fun and free activities for older people across the UK. It celebrates the value and knowledge they contribute to our communities while combating loneliness and isolation.

    On Sunday 2nd October 2016 Barnet Seniors’ Assembly will be hosting an Afternoon Tea Party Drop In Event at Hendon Town Hall, The Burroughs NW4 4AX, from 12.30pm until 4.00pm. A complimentary afternoon tea will be available, as well as entertainment, activities and information stalls. The London Borough of Barnet is once again making the Town Hall available.

    people looking at a presentation of art worksSilver Sunday 2016 will precede a week of events and activities taking place throughout the borough for all senior residents. Further details of Silver Sunday week events are in Barnet Seniors Insider 8 PDF (September / October 2016) (PDF 1000kB, 8 sides of A4), and at https://www.barnet.gov.uk/citizen-home/adult-social-care/silver-sunday.html.