6 March 2019
Our first leisure and lifestyle feature.
This Winter, people aged 65 years and over are being offered a flu vaccine called Fluad™. This is the best vaccine for this age group because it includes an adjuvant that helps to stimulate your immune system and activate a stronger response.
For those with a long term condition and pregnant women, a flu jab is also recommended whilst there is a nasal spray for children aged 2 to 9 years. If you haven’t already had your flu jab, please book it with your GP or Pharmacist. Flu tends to hit from December to March each year. Read the InformationNOW article on how to cope with flu.
Keeping warm is important as you are more likely to catch cold or flu in winter. The cold weather (below 8°C) can also cause other serious health problems such as heart attacks, stroke, hypothermia and pneumonia. It also increases the risk of accidents and falls. The cold can affect those with mental health or long term physical conditions and people aged 65 years and over.
Keep warm with hot drinks and hot food. Wear warm clothes and shoes, and aim to keep your home between 18°C and 21°C (or 64°F and 70°F )
Information NOW has a series of articles that may help you this Winter:
Keeping Warm in Winter
Cold Weather Payments
Help with heating problems and how to pay for them
As the Christmas festivities take over, it is important to be aware of the consequences of eating and drinking too much. Statistics show that binge drinking is higher than average in Newcastle.
You can take steps to reduce your alcohol consumption by downloading the Drinkaware App from Google Play or Apple App Store. Not only will it give you units and calories, but you can use a cost calculator as well. You may be surprised at how quickly you get to the recommended limit.
The British Heart Foundation has come up with 12 healthy food swaps for the Christmas period. For instance, you could swap deep fried prawns as a starter for marinated prawns, and cheese straws for bread sticks. Most of the time, the aim is to reduce the amount of saturated fat and salt in your diet.
The British Nutrition Foundation has come up with a suggested menu or two. We eat 6000 kcals (25104 kJ) on Christmas day – that’s three times the recommended daily intake for women and over two times for men. Top tips include: low salt gravy, fruit stuffings instead of sausage meat, vegetables with lemon zest and not butter.
Newcastle Eagles Community Foundation has appointed an Active Ageing Officer to provide opportunities to play and watch Basketball across Tyne and Wear and Northumberland. Look out for their events and activities on the Information NOW website, making use of their soon to open, purpose-built community sports arena on Riverside Dene in Elswick.
Why not take advantage of our special offer – The Eagles are giving all Information NOW readers a special price for tickets – available at just £9 per person.* Until Christmas, they will play at Sport Central in the City Centre. • This offer can be redeemed by calling 0191 245 3880 or when purchasing online using our the promo code ‘INFO’
* Offer valid for up to 4 tickets per booking. Advance booking fee of 15% per ticket applies. Offer and tickets are subject to availability.
Take this opportunity to book on free safeguarding training. This session will support Trustees and Management Committee Members, in voluntary and community settings, to understand their role in relation to Safeguarding Children and Adults at Risk. The ability to demonstrate appropriate training, policy and practice could have implications in future funding applications, so there is real benefit in ensuring all appropriate representatives attend. The options are:
25 February, 5.30 pm to 7.30 pm, Dryden Centre, Gateshead
4 April, 10.00 am to 12.00 pm, Newcastle Civic Centre
10 April, 4.00 pm to 6.00 pm, Newcastle Civic Centre
Last updated: March 8, 2019