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30 November InfoNOW News

Keep well this Winter

Flu vaccination

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.

Keep warm in Winter

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

Healthy eating and drinking over Christmas

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.

Why not join Newcastle CAN to motivate you to eat well and read the Information NOW article on Healthy eating and drinking.

Top tips to staying well this Winter

  1. If you have a long-term health condition like COPD, bronchitis, emphysema, diabetes, heart or kidney disease, or have suffered a stroke, get advice from your pharmacist or GP on how to keep well during the colder months.
  2. Remember to pick up your prescription before the Christmas holidays start. Many GPs and pharmacies will close over the holiday period.
  3. If you start to feel unwell, even if it is just a cough or cold, don’t wait until it gets more serious – get help from your pharmacist.
  4. If you need urgent medical help, but the situation is not life-threatening, contact NHS 111 or consult the NHS website.
  5. Keep in touch with older neighbours, relatives and friends as they are more vulnerable in the Winter months.   They may also be feeling lonely and sad, particularly if they are on their own during the festive period.  Look out for the activities and lunches that residential and care homes may be organising locally.  Have a look at our Food and Friends and Community Centres articles to find a range of organisations who may offer help and support to combat isolation.
  6. You may not have seen your family for some time and Christmas is a time to catch up.  If you notice a change in a family member or neighbour, then search our care and health sections for information that may help.

Events & Activities

Newcastle Eagles

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

Check out the details here.  Newcastle Eagles also offer opportunities for groups to organise fundraisers.  For more information contact Neil Curry.

* Offer valid for up to 4 tickets per booking. Advance booking fee of 15% per ticket applies. Offer and tickets are subject to availability.

New Trustees Safeguarding Training

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

Find out more

Book a place for a Gateshead session

Book a place for a Newcastle session

This month on InformationNOW

New and updated articles

  • Hate Crime
  • Self Care and Disability
  • Support Groups

New and updated organisations

  • Newcastle Eagles Community Foundation
  •  Progressive Supranuclear Palsy Association (PSPA)

New and updated events and activities

  • Jazz Jam sessions
  • Carols in the City

Last updated: November 25, 2019

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