Information & Resources
Welcome to Senior Snippets: In this instalment, I will be providing you with some useful tips on keeping older people safe on social media. Technology surrounds us in our daily lives in almost everything we do. It has not only influenced the way in which we communicate, share information and complete daily tasks but a recent report suggests that it may even help to combat isolation and loneliness in older people and improve their mental health.
It’s estimated that 60% of people aged 65 and over now have access to the internet at home. Not only are the silversurfers getting to grips with emailing but they’re also logging on to platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, and Skype to stay in touch with friends and family members. Many people are also playing online games, painting, sharing pictures on sites such as Pinterest and communicating with like-minded individuals on online interest groups. So, with this in mind, here are a few tips on how to stay socially active but savvy:
- Create a strong password – use a combination of letters, capitals and numbers.
- Use different passwords for social media sites and financial / payment sites.
- Keep your passwords somewhere safe but not obvious.
- Share a limited amount of personal information on social sites.
- Never give out your address or financial information.
- Ensure settings are set to private, not public – so only friends can see your information.
- Never agree to meet someone without letting a relative know first.
- Never give somebody you meet over the internet money.
- When joining paid for social networks only enter your card details on secure and reputable
- websites – look out for the padlock icon on the payment page.
- Use your common sense, if someone you meet seems too good to be true, there’s probably a strong possibility that they aren’t genuine.
Welcome to Senior Snippets: the bi-weekly advisory column with the older members of our community in mind, brought to you by Sale resident and owner of the Sale & Altrincham office of at-home care company Home Instead Senior Care, Alan Savage.
Everyone knows that it’s good to exercise to stay fit and healthy, but what about maintaining a healthy mind? Social interaction plays a major part in not only combating loneliness and isolation but also ensuring that older people stay mentally active and integrated into local communities for longer.
No matter your age, physical ability or mental health, getting involved in some form of social activity for at least 2-3 hours a day is key to your general well-being. It has been proven that interacting with like-minded individuals at classes or groups can improve your health, reduce the risk of re- hospitalisation, prevent the number of falls and even slow down the onset of dementia in older people.
There are a number of activities you can get involved in in your local area, with or without support, be it at church halls, community centres, private members clubs, leisure centres or parks. These activities can range from coffee mornings to lunch clubs, singing clubs, Bridge clubs, art classes and knitting and crafts groups. Whilst most groups are suitable for both men and women there are also groups which are specifically for women like the Women’s Institute, and Probus (Professional, Retired and Businessmens Club) for men.
For a comprehensive list of what’s going on across South Trafford, including all the classes and groups available, then please contact me for my official ‘What’s on Where’ activity guide which provides details of senior friendly activities or if you can't wait click on this link for some inspiration! WoW_poster1.pdf
Please find our training link below
Headed up by Alan Savage, Liz Rhodes and Lucy Gill at Home Instead Senor Care Altrincham and Sale, Be a Santa to a Senior is a gift giving scheme which aims to touch the lives of older people within our local community and provide presents to those who may be lonely and not receive a present during the festive season.
Now in its 5h year, this appeal has in previous years had an amazing response with hundreds of gifts for seniors donated very generously by members of the public in the South Trafford area.
This year we are saying a BIG thankyou to all of you who donate, by giving you the chance to
Win our ‘Be a Santa Christmas Hamper’
Like to be a part of something great:
Keep up to date on our Facebook page www.facebook.com/HomeInsteadAltrincham
Pick up a leaflet with the gift tag from various businesses
Buy /donate a present fill out the tag (really important to put your name on our local seniors love the personal touch) Don’t forget to leave your email, to be in with a change to win the Santa Hamper this will be removed from the tag.
Don’t wrap the present we do that for you and we add in a Christmas card and a What’s on where guide for Sale and Altrincham.
Attach the tag to the present or keep them together some how (in a bag together)
Drop off at a donation site mentioned below. We have many local businesses supporting our 2016 scheme, both in terms of raising awareness and distributing leaflets, as well as those who have kindly offered to be a present collection points and Donation days:
Sainsbury’s………………… (Sale)24th Nov
ASDA …………….…………… (Broadheath) 30th Nov
Wyvale Garden Center (Altrincham) 6th Dec
M&S………………………….. (Sale) TBC
Altrincham The Greenhouse Health Food Shop Cafe, Oxford Rd
Ashton-on-Mersey Age UK shop, Green Lane
Bowdon Vale Coffee & Kitchen Cafe, Vicarage Ln
Broadheath Home Instead Office, Huxley Street
Hale Faddies Dry Cleaners, Bloomsbury Ln
Hale Hale Library
Hale Barns Lloyds Pharmacy, Hale Rd
Sale Moor Charlie’s Coffee Shop & Deli
Sale Sainsbury’s, Curzon Rd
Sale Skipton Building Society
Sale Sale Library
Sale Serendipitea Cafe, Washway Rd
Timperley Timperley Library
Timperley Sausalito Coffee Shop, Stockport Rd
For more information on how you can be involved in the Be a Santa Scheme then please contact Alan savage, Lucy Gill or Liz Rhodes on 0161 870113 / 07841 582372. Merry Christmas!
I just wanted to thank you for all the support and care Home Instead have provided over the last couple of years for mum. It has not been an easy time for any of us and without the help from your staff we would not have coped. It goes without saying that Michele has been an absolute star and has always gone the extra mile. She is so dedicated to her work and is one in a million. She has such a caring nature and is an absolute asset to your services. Please pass on my thanks for all the care and companionship provided.
Mum has settled into her new home exceptionally well and we just take each day as it comes.
Best Wishes to you all
Lynnsey and Family