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11 August Info NOW news


Age UK launches reading initiative
Fuel Service help for disabled drivers
Home security update
Elders Council launches e bulletin

Research & Reports

Research on baby boomers

Opportunities for Action

Tyneside Cinema at 80
Study on living with Multiple Conditions in Later Life


Falls and fracture toolkit

New on InformationNOW this week!


Age UK launches reading initiative

Age UK has launched a new service, Reading Friends, with the City Libraries which offers home visits to build confidence in reading and keep the brain active.  They will also run Reading Partners where they will join a group to undertake a reading activity and keep people connected. Information NOW has a section on hobbies including reading.

Fuel Service help for disabled drivers

A disabled driver has come up with Fuel Service to help make travelling easier for disabled drivers.  This is how it works:

  • Use your mobile phone to find and book with a petrol station before you set off
  • The petrol station confirms they will help so you can go there in confidence and you don’t waste your time
  • When you arrive, FuelService tells them which pump you’re at, and they tell you how long they will be
  • For smartphone users, it’s available as a free app
  • For other mobile users you call an automated number

It is probably useful to carry enough cash to pay for your fuel or you could try Shell’s fill up and go app.  Information NOW has a travel and transport section and an article on driving as you get older.

Security for your home

Information NOW has updated its Home security article.  Home security is essential to make us feel safe and secure.   Many of you will also be thinking about how to arrange home visits to someone who is vulnerable in their home.  One way of managing home visits from friends, family, parishioners and community workers is to install a key safe on the wall outside someone’s home.
You can buy products online; you can also browse products online and then find a local supplier, or you can visit one of your local DIY superstores.
1.    What to look for:

  • Have products been approved by the Police?.
  • Have products been tested and approved by Which .  They will look at the durability of the product, ease of installation and ease of use.

2.   What to think about:

•    Who will be using the key
•    Who will have access to the key code
•    How easily can you change the access code
•    Will the installation of a key safe affect your insurance.

Elders Council launches e bulletin

The Elders Council of Newcastle has launched a fortnightly e bulletin this week.
To subscribe to the e bulletin contact or read it on their website.


Research on baby boomers

Research shows that people born in the 1950s are struggling to strike a balance between their declining health, the demands of their jobs, and lack of financial resources.  Recommendations from the study includes the UK developing more ageing-friendly employment practices and policies, such as increased opportunities to change to part-time employment particularly as people consider working beyond the age of 66 years. Information NOW has articles on work and retirement as well as money and pensions.


Tyneside Cinema at 80

As part of Tyneside Cinema’s 80th Anniversary project to tell a people’s history of cinema, you are invited to join a free workshop to discover ‘What going to the movies means to you?

Led by an experienced facilitator, this informal afternoon workshop is open to people living with dementia, their families and carers and will explore sensory connections to cinema-going such as the smell and taste of popcorn or the feel of velvet cinema seats. Songs from classic musicals will be played and you can dress up as characters from your favourite films.

The workshop will be a relaxed and creative environment, and will be filmed as part of the project. Free refreshments will be provided. Please email to take part.

Study on living with Multiple Conditions in Later Life

Age UK, Newcastle University, NIHR and the James Lind Alliance are running a national survey to find out what the important issues are for people aged 80+ living with three or more health conditions and their carers. The aim is to help future research to focus better on the priorities that arise from the study.The aim is to improve quality of life and care and treatment of older people living with multiple conditions. To take part click here.


PHE Falls resource pack

Public Health England has published a‘Falls and fracture resource pack’ which is available here. The pack contains interventions and activities helping prevent falls and fractures to improve health outcomes for older people.



Includes: Tap dancing, Search summer garden party, Ukulele group and J’s & B’s singers
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Includes: Women’s gardening, Dementia groups, Knit and Natter

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Includes: Computer club at Search, seated Zumba, Art Club, Carpet bowls
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Includes: Mahila Mandal, Lunchtime concerts at King’s Hall, Crafts at Cornerstone and Men’s fitness.
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Includes: Bingo, Games for the brain,Tai chi, Ladies Golf
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Plant stall at Armstrong Bridge, Chase Park Festival on Saturday.
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Leazes Park Band Stand on Sunday.


Singing for the brain, 2.30 – 4 pm, Northern Stage, Barras Bridge, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE1 7RH

Northern Stage are the venue for the Alzheimer’s Society ‘Singing for the brain’ activities. Sessions  include: vocal warm-up and singing a variety of familiar and new songs. You do not need to be able to sing to join in and have fun! Refreshments will be available. The next session is Thursday 24th August 2017 and thereafter on the last Thursday of the month.  Please contact Caroline Harding for more information on 0191 298 3989.

Blackfriars Centre activities
New Bridge Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 2TQ

Blackfriars Centre have scheduled a number of activities that may be of interest to you. Everything from a tea dance, to Zumba as well as stop smoking sessions.

The Alzheimer’s Society Dementia Cafe is also held there on the first Thursday of every month from 2 – 4 pm. Tel: Caroline Harding on 0191 298 3989.

From September the Centre will be holding Parent and Toddler sessions every Friday.

Pushing the possibilities

Wayout in Gateshead (WinG) offers disadvantaged people aged over 55 the chance to learn through outdoor activities and overcome feelings of isolation, inactivity, poor health or mental health conditions. The programme gives you the chance to have fun, learn new skills, develop more self-confidence, meet new people and lead a healthier life. For further information contact Nick Coates or telephone
0191 267 1579. The course starts on Thursday 14th September. There will be an information Open Day on Friday 8th September.

Silver Programme at the Sage for over 50s

The Sage Gateshead has launched its new silver programme for the year. Silver Singers will take place across the region and there are workshops at the Sage on everything from percussion to rock and roll, from the Ukulele to steel pans.

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Last updated: September 12, 2019

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