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Winter wellbeing in Wellingborough

Published Monday, 22 September 2014

A special winter wellbeing day is taking place in Wellingborough next month to help older people stay healthy and well during the colder weather.

The event takes place on Tuesday 7 October at the town’s Compass Church and is free to attend.

Doors open at 9.45am and a range of essential advice and information, expert talks, and social activities and entertainment will be on offer until 2pm.

There will be lots of health-related stands, with representatives from a number of local and national services on hand to help people find out more about what’s on offer in the area.

A team from Kettering General Hospital will be giving advice on respiratory conditions, and the Arson Task Force will give a talk about the dangers of hoarding. The police will offer community safety advice as the nights draw in, and the Alzheimer’s Society will be explaining about recognising the signs of the disease and where to go for help and support.

As part of the day’s entertainment, Wellingborough Museum will be attending to share their World War One display.

Sylvia Smith, older people’s champion and host of the event, said: "Winter can be a tricky time for older people, but there’s so much information and support out there to make it a bit easier.

"Our winter wellbeing day is designed to help people get that information and support, but in a fun and social way. It’s not just wandering round a hall picking up leaflets – it’s also about bringing older people together so they can share ideas, discuss issues that affect them, and meet up with old and new friends.

"Perhaps most importantly, even though the event is aimed at the over 50s, anybody is welcome. Younger people can play an important part in helping older friends and relatives stay healthy throughout the winter, whether by popping in to keep them company, or checking that their house is warm enough and they’re eating properly, or that if they get poorly they are seen to by the professionals. Even noticing that you’ve not seen an older neighbour out and about for a few days when the weather’s bad, and knowing who to tell, can make a huge difference."

The winter wellbeing day was the idea of the borough council’s older persons’ advisory panel. The event will be officially opened by the Mayor of Wellingborough, Cllr Jim Bass.