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New advice encourages the elderly to reclaim their independence

As we get older, maintaining a self-sufficient lifestyle can become challenging, but now a UK healthcare watchdog wants to encourage the elderly to partake in ‘intergenerational’ activities and social outlets to reclaim their independence at home and in public.

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has called on communities to make local groups more accessible for elderly residents. It claims that councils should be making seniors living in their area aware of the inclusive activities available to them to curb loneliness and promote independence later on in life. 

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New advice encourages the elderly to reclaim their independence

As we get older, maintaining a self-sufficient lifestyle can become challenging, but now a UK healthcare watchdog wants to encourage the elderly to partake in ‘intergenerational’ activities and social outlets to reclaim their independence at home and in public.

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has called on communities to make local groups more accessible for elderly residents. It claims that councils should be making seniors living in their area aware of the inclusive activities available to them to curb loneliness and promote independence later on in life. 

As we get older, maintaining a self-sufficient lifestyle can become challenging, but now a UK healthcare watchdog wants to encourage the elderly to partake in ‘intergenerational’ activities and social outlets to reclaim their independence at home and in public.

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has called on communities to make local groups more accessible for elderly residents. It claims that councils should be making seniors living in their area aware of the inclusive activities available to them to curb loneliness and promote independence later on in life.

The new guidance also implies that older people need to be better equipped in managing their own independence and would be better placed to do so with an understanding of technology. NICE recommends technical support to help older people reach out to others using mobile phones, as well as connecting to the internet to search for activities in their area and advice on funding options for accessibility aids.

Leading a more self-sufficient life starts at home and a number of organisations offer guidance online as to how seniors can cover the cost of a stairlift or other mobility products, and other information that may not be easy to find offline. Friends of the Elderly, for example, provide financial support to people aged 60 and over. It’s friendly advice like this that helps older people and their families compare stairlifts and the like, lessening the burden of making difficult decisions.  

NICE also suggests that over 65s could volunteer to read in local schools, befriend people in community programmes, and join local congregations or choirs. Making them aware of the options available in their locale is a high priority to combat isolation, a situation that reportedly between five per cent and sixteen per cent of all seniors will experience at one point or another. Improving the opportunities available to the elderly will help them live a satisfying and independent life, long into retirement.

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