Just a reminder from the NHS in Norfolk and Waveney about
how to help us help you this winter.
All of us should be making sure our medicine cabinets are
stocked. It’s also sensible to order any regular medicines you need in good
time so you don’t run out, taking care to only order what you need.
But if you do feel poorly, seek advice from your local
pharmacist before it gets worse.
If it’s urgent, then a call to your GP or NHS111 is the next
step, and they’ll advise you what to do.
Common sickness bugs
Suffering from norovirus or other common sickness bugs?
Don’t spread it around by visiting your GP or other public places. Stay at home
and rest. #HelpUsHelpYou
Find more advice here
HomeFirst – your bed
is the best bed!
None of us want to go into hospital or a care bed, but if we
do it’s good to get home if we can. The NHS and social care across all of
Norfolk and Waveney are stressing that if someone needs a hospital or temporary
care bed they will get one, but our aim is always to help people get back home
as soon as possible. This is because older people in particular can lose
independence rapidly. Being back home can also help a speedier recovery. So if
you know a friend or relative, particularly if they are older, who has to go
into hospital it would be kind to make sure they have all they need to get back
home, including checking the heating works and they will have food in the
house, the washing is done and they feel OK.
New Year, New You
With the start of
a New Year people’s thoughts turn to getting fit and improving their health. To
stay healthy or improve health, adults need to do two types of physical
activity each week: aerobic and strength exercises.
How much physical
activity you need to do each week depends on your age. Adults aged 65 or
older who are generally fit and have no health conditions that limit their
mobility should try to be active daily by doing at least 150 minutes
of moderate aerobic activity such as cycling or walking, and strength exercises
on two or more days a week.
Why not join a
local walking group, go for a swim or join a local class, your library should
have information about groups near you.
There are many local services that can enable older people
to be more active. A wealth of information can be found through the Norfolk Community Directory.