What is Healthy Ageing?
The aim of healthy ageing is to enable people to take control of their health using lifestyle services such as smoking cessation, weight management and health checks to prevent or reduce their risk of long term health problems.
Encouraging health literacy amongst our ageing population can help improve overall physical, mental and emotional well-being.
Making small changes in middle age can have long lasting impacts and help keep you healthy well into old age. Increasing physical activity can reduce the risk of many conditions that will impact on future quality of life, including dementia, osteoarthritis and general physical limitations in older age, Specific activities such as yoga, tai chi and dancing can improve balance and co-ordination and reduce the risk of falling which can occur with ageing.
Why is Ageing Healthily important?
Healthy ageing is important as it encourages people to continue to be an active part of society and helps to maintain independence as well as improved physical and mental health.
Establishing healthy habits can lead to good health in the older population and improve quality of life and extend life expectancy. Which is beneficial for everyone.
Healthy ageing can start at any age, with benefits to all age groups in leading healthier lifestyles and the prevention of diseases.
What is available to me locally?
If you would like to improve your health and well-being then you may benefit from seeing a Wellness Coach, appointments are free and flexible and appointments are held at various times at convenient community venues. A Wellness Coach can connect you with various activities and services locally that may be of interest to you and help you age well in Peterborough Our Services include Falls Prevention Services including home safety assessments, physical activity to programmes for all abilities, smoking cessation programmes and weight management services.
NHS Health Checks are also available, to find out if you are eligible call the team on 0800 376 56 55 and find out more.
Other useful numbers:
Age UK Peterborough – 0300 6669860 (various local support services available for older people living in Peterborough).