Here you can find a number of links that we think you’ll find relevant, useful or just fun!
Older people are the fastest growing group in society and there are more of us than ever before.
Ageing is not an illness, but it can be challenging at times, and Age Scotland provides vital services and support at a national and local level to inspire, enable and support older people when they need it.
They ensure that older people’s ideas for a better Scotland reach the ears of those who need to hear them, and also protect the long-term interests of future generations.
Website – http://www.ageuk.org.uk/scotland/
It aims to prove that dogs can help people with dementia maintain their waking, sleeping and eating routine, remind them to take medication, improve confidence, keep them active and engaged with their local community, as well as providing a constant companion who will reassure when facing new and unfamiliar situations.
Website – http://www.dementiadog.org/
Home Energy Scotland is a free, impartial advice service funded by the Scottish Government to help people to make their homes cheaper to heat. We offer a friendly helpline, 0808 808 2282, and a home visit service for anyone who has difficulty using the telephone or needs face-to-face advice.
We work in partnership with Citizens Advice Scotland, Age Scotland, Deaf Action, NHS and local organisations that are in direct contact with householders who are vulnerable to fuel poverty, providing briefings to frontline staff and volunteers, and inviting them to refer householders to us for advice. Home Energy Scotland can provide as many referral cards as you require.
For many older people, those in poor health or on low incomes, the advice they receive from Home Energy Scotland can be life changing.
Anyone in Scotland who is worried about their energy bills, or interested in becoming more energy efficient, can contact Home Energy Scotland. Freephone 0808 808 2282, or text ‘Warm’ to 81025 to receive a call back.
Website – http://www.homeenergyscotland.org.uk/
Their projects often link unlikely partners. Young people aged 8+ and adults aged 60+ team up through shared, creative activity. Intergenerational groups meet on a weekly basis in schools, museums, older peoples clubs, care homes, community and cultural organisations.
Projects are led by their team of freelance creative artists: musicians, dancers, photographers, printmakers, writers and drama specialists. They design activities to stimulate conversation and an exchange of ideas. Participants are often diverse in culture and faith as well as age group.
Website – http://magicme.co.uk/
Helping you to help them, whether it is your elderly parent, older friend or relative. Packed full of information, it is a proactive site, which helps you find the answers to all the questions you might have. Whether you need specific information on care options, local authority funding, or how to keep them active, busy and healthy, myageingparent.com provides it all. And of course, there are many helpful articles on how you can cope with the stress of looking after your parents as they age.
myageingparent.com also offers a one–stop shop for a whole variety of products designed to help the elderly and has some great gift ideas.
Website – http://www.myageingparent.com/
Encourages families and caregivers of a person with dementia to create a playlist of uniquely meaningful music on an iPod and offer it at any time of the day or night. It is effective both at home and in residential care, at an early stage of the condition and later on.
Website – http://www.playlistforlife.org.uk/
Silversurfers.com is an exciting, informative lifestyle site and social network for everyone over 50.
Silversurfers was founded to provide a trusted and friendly site packed full of news, features and offers from leading brands plus sections such as “Best of The Web” and Silverfriends.
The over 50s have a wealth of experience gained from working, hobbies, interests and living! Silversurfers encourage members to assist others with help and information on their social networks and forums and actively join in the discussions.
Website – http://www.silversurfers.com/
Therapy Directory promotes the benefits of complementary therapy and aims to give visitors all the information they need to help them make an informed decision about whether therapy would be right for them. The website has an FAQ’s section, a number of useful articles written by members and the facility to search for a practitioner in your area. To ensure the professionalism of their website, all listed therapists have provided them with qualifications and insurance cover or proof of membership with a professional body.
Website – http://www.therapy-directory.org.uk/