Barnet Seniors Insider, Issue 19 (July / August 2018)

Barnet Seniors Insider 19 PDF (July / August 2018) is now available to download here (PDF 362Kb, 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 19

  • Staying cool in a heatwave
  • Tips to keep you cool when it’s very hot
  • Hampstead Garden Suburb U3A
  • Topical talks each month. Open day 4th September 2018.
  • NW7hub Charity
  • The charity runs Mill Hill Library, and organises activities there.
  • Age UK Barnet’s Later Life Planning service
  • Growing older doesn’t come with a manual. We support older people, aged 55 and over to manage and plan for the challenges that ageing brings.
  • Admiral Nurse Dementia Helpline
  • The people who most often contact us are families caring for someone with dementia, whether that be Alzheimer’s disease, vascular dementia, or one of the rarer types.
  • Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards
  • If someone lacks mental capacity, for example due to having dementia, there may be times when their freedom or independence is restricted in order to keep them safe.
  • Plane Wall
  • An Installation by David Waller and John Waller. Stephens House and Gardens until Saturday 29 September 2018. It is literally a ‘walls of planes’ which offer gentle, visible pathways to the ‘temporary’ sitting rooms and a kaleidoscopic view to the past.
  • Dementia cafés and clubs
  • There are now lots of dementia cafés and clubs in Barnet. A full list of places and times is included.
  • What to do if you have a fall
  • Having a fall could be a sign that something isn’t quite right with your health but often it’s something treatable.
  • Ask Bob
  • What is a Lasting Power of Attorney?
  • #BeScamAware
  • July is National Scams Awareness Month
  • 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.
  • BSA will get FREE donations every time you shop online
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  • and mentions for…
  • Volunteering with Edgware Child Contact Centre, teaching English at Barnet Southgate College, The Finchley Charities sheltered housing, and The Fremantle Trust care services.

To read the full text of these articles, download the Insider 19 PDF.

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 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 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.

    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
  • From £40 for 64mm x 45mm to £120 for a quarter page

    Barnet Senior Insider, Issue 4 (January / February 2016)

    News for senior citizens in Barnet
    • Keeping well • Keeping safe • Staying active • Making friends

    For a paper copy of this newsletter, download and print Barnet Senior Insider 4 PDF (PDF 293kB, 4 sides A4)

    Three ladies at a table with mugs

    IN THIS ISSUE

    • Living in a digital world
    • Tips to protect you against scams
    • Bedtime Routine
    • Steps for staying steady
    • Life After Stroke
    • Living with cancer
    • Life is for living
    • Out & About in Barnet

    Continue reading “Barnet Senior Insider, Issue 4 (January / February 2016)”

    Barnet Senior Insider, Issue 3 (November / December 2015)

    The guide for senior citizens in Barnet

    • Keeping well • Keeping safe • Staying active • Making friends

    For a paper copy of this newsletter, download and print BSA Newsletter 3 PDF (PDF 297kB, 4 sides A4)

    Dancing

    IN THIS ISSUE

    • Keeping Warm this Winter
    • Is your home at risk of fire?
    • Keep safe and stay scam aware
    • Keep well get vaccinated
    • Love, care and safety for pets
    • Singing for the brain
    • Dementia Cafes in Barnet
    • Future care planning

    Continue reading “Barnet Senior Insider, Issue 3 (November / December 2015)”

    Barnet Senior Insider, Issue 2 (September/October 2015)

    The guide for senior citizens in Barnet

    • Keeping well • Keeping safe • Staying active • Making friends

    For a paper copy of this newsletter, download and print BSA Newsletter 2 PDF (PDF 631kB, 4 sides A4)

    Playing cards and drinking tea

    IN THIS ISSUE

    • Silver Sunday on 4th October 2015
    • Don’t let smoking set your house on fire?
    • Support for dementia carers
    • Later Life Planning Service
    • Looking after someone?
    • Advocacy in Barnet
    • Out & About in Barnet

    Continue reading “Barnet Senior Insider, Issue 2 (September/October 2015)”