19 October 2020
Black History Month Insights Lecture, hate crime awareness, projects to get involved with and breast cancer awareness month.
Coronavirus restrictions in Newcastle and the North East
A Very 2020 Race for Life
Eye health awareness week
World Alzheimer’s month
Findings on social prescribing
Tax and the Pandemic
Heritage resource that support clinical outcomes
Useful information for those affected by dementia
Women’s bike mechanics course
Ageing Intelligence Exhibition
Updated articles & organisations
From Friday 18th September, new measures have been brought in. In summary:
Residents are also advised to adhere to the following guidance to further reduce rates of infection:
What can you do? When you are out, think: hands, face, space
If you have symptoms, self isolate and contact Test and Trace; our facilities are at.
More on how to use NHS Test and Trace
Read more about the integrated Covid hub to support our fight against the virus, opening December.
After a year where vital cancer trials have been delayed, the Race for Life (for Cancer Research UK) is going to be very different in 2020, but they would still like you to take part. Walk, jog or run 5k on your own or with your household and raise money for life-saving research. Share what you do #Very2020RaceForLife Sign up and show your support by fundraising for them. They have a training plan that you can use to prepare.
Please check local regulations on the pandemic lockdown for the North East before you do your activity on 26 September.
Four in 10 cancers are preventable, but there are concerns that people are not attending their screening appointments.
At the same time, scientists continue to develop tests that help find specific types of cancer before signs or symptoms appear. Each type of cancer has its own screening tests. Some types of cancer currently do not have an effective screening method. Developing new cancer screening tests is an area of active research.The main goals of cancer screening are to:
Cancer Research UK are the leading charity looking at prevention, treatment and cure. They look into causes of cancer, strategies for early diagnosis of cancer and they want to translate their research findings into changes and improvements in treatment and cure. InformationNOW has updated its article on cancer to ensure you are informed about what screening is available, self-examination and being aware of changes in your body.
It’s eye health awareness week and Glaucoma UK has come up with five top tips for looking after your eyes while you’re using screens which many of us may be doing owing to coronavirus:
Dry eye disease
Symptoms of dry eye: your eyes feel dry, scratchy and irritated or watery, and feel heavy and tired at the end of the day. Although it’s called dry eye,one of the symptoms you experience might be very watery eyes, as the brain tries to compensate for the dryness by producing more tears.
If you have a persistent problem with dry eye, they suggest that you get your eyes tested by an optometrist at an opticians where you can ask for advice about which eye drops are the best ones for your symptoms.You can buy these yourself, e.g. at a supermarket, where they may be cheaper, but it is best to get a clinical view on your symptoms.
Glaucoma and screens
Does having glaucoma affect how people use screens?
Most people with glaucoma will have no problems. If your glaucoma is very advanced, and your central vision is affected, increasing the font size or switching the colour settings on the screen (e.g. white on black) may make things easier to read.
What can people with glaucoma do to make using screens easier?
Glare can be a problem, so try using a glare-reducing screen or filter and position the screen away from bright sunlight or other strong light sources. Glaucoma eye drops can cause symptoms of dry eye disease , so you may wish to ask your eye doctor/optometrist whether different eye drops might help.
September is World Alzheimer’s month and the perfect opportunity to put your best foot forward to walk for loved ones. Join tens of thousands of people up and down the country taking part in their very own Memory Walk on Sunday 20 September (or choose a date that suits you). Whether you walk for 10 minutes, 10 miles or 10,000 steps on your own or with your household, they will be delighted if you would raise money for them.
Please check local regulations on the pandemic lockdown for the North East before you do your activity on 20 September.
Locally, Alzheimer’s Society Newcastle is providing a remote service for carers and people living with dementia and taking referrals as normal – you can phone or email them.
Remote Dementia Support for existing and new referrals support, advice and signposting as well as checking in on general health and wellbeing during Covid-19 lockdown/pandemic. They offer welfare calls for carers and people living with dementia on a weekly/fortnightly/3 weeks/monthly basis. This runs for existing service users and new referrals for remote support are welcome.
Companion calls to help prevent social isolation.
Remote Services for Wellbeing for existing clients and available for new referrals family/carers
National information from Alzheimer’s Society
National Voices has evaluated and reported on the methods and impact of social prescribing since April 2019 for NHS England. They make a series of recommendations which includes investment in the voluntary, community and social enterprise sectors. In particular they highlight that without investment in social prescribing there is the danger of exacerbating inequalities.
Find more on social prescribing and how to access it on InformationNOW..
Income tax, National Insurance and PAYE
Nothing has really changed for employees or pensioners paying their tax by PAYE automatic deduction. Employees who have been furloughed under the Job Retention Scheme have continued to have their pay, tax and National Insurance processed by their employer under PAYE.
Where employees have to work from home, employers can make non-taxable payments of up to £6 per week in recognition of additional expenses incurred. Employers aren’t required to pay this, and where they don’t an employee can claim a tax allowance to the same amount. Doing so gives a real benefit of just £1.20 per week in terms of tax saved by a basic rate (20%) taxpayer, but that mounts up over time.
Sadly some jobs have been lost already due to the pandemic and more may be lost in the future. Existing regulations are that the first £30,000 of most redundancy payments will be tax free.
Where PAYE tax was deducted from pay prior to leaving, some or all of that may be refundable particularly if the individual does not expect further work-related income in the rest of the tax year. Tax form P50 enables a refund application to be made before the end of the tax year, if appropriate. However, it should be remembered that Job Seekers Allowance, if paid, counts as taxable income.
Subscribe to the Active Inclusion Welfare Bulletin to keep up to date.
Tyne and Wear Museums (TWAM) has been working with healthcare professionals to link museum activities to clinical and care outcomes for older people. This new resource has been developed with Northumbria Universiity, Newcastle
The new resource suggests heritage activities and identifies how these activities could specifically support quality of life and health and wellbeing in older people, for example: pain management, speech, cognitive stimulation, mental health, and social interaction.
Uniquely, it features searchable clinical and care outcomes that have been coded to categories such as Physical/Mobility, Social, Cognitive/Knowledge/Learning and Mindful/Emotional
TWAM do have further materials and they’d love to know how you use the resource. Contact Joanne by email.
Dementia UK has just published five new leaflets to support people receiving a diagnosis of dementia. Written by their team of Admiral Nurses, they cover the following topics: The emotional impact of receiving a diagnosis, how roles and relationships might change, dealing with stigma, staying healthy, dementia and driving. The new leaflets and many others covering a broad range of topics can be downloaded from their website . Type the name of the leaflet in the search box on their website..
Last updated: September 23, 2020