When going out and about it is useful to find where your nearest accessible toilets and other facilities are.
Acupuncture is a safe treatment for everybody and it can help to alleviate a number of health problems such as back pain, high blood pressure
An addiction is not having control over doing, taking or using something, to the point that it may become harmful to you.
Abuse can take many different forms. It can be emotional, physical, sexual, financial, discriminatory, psychological, organisational, domestic, neglect, self neglect or modern slavery.
allow you to set out your decisions and choices about refusing medical treatment in certain situations, should you lose the mental capacity to make these decisions in the future.
Advocacy is where someone helps you to get your views and opinions heard. They can support you to access services if you are unable to do so by yourself.
There are a number of affordable credit options available to people in Newcastle who may be able to help you if you’ve been refused credit by other lenders.
Furniture can be quite expensive, especially if you are in the process of moving house. There are more affordable options available in Newcastle.
There are many areas of life in which people can experience age-related discrimination, including employment, health care and consumer services.
Airport assistance is available if you have mobility issues or a disability. Assistance can be arranged before you fly to help make your travel easier. Book early to ensure everything is in place.
As we grow older it’s harder for our body to deal with the effects of alcohol. This leaflet provides information and advice about the risks of alcohol for older people.
Anti-social behaviour can range from dropping litter to serious harassment. It can have a major negative effect on your health and your quality of life.
Two in three people experience anxiety or depression at some point in their life. It can be mild and last only a few weeks or it can be a lot more severe.
Aromatherapy is the use of essential oils to improve wellbeing and health, either by massaging them into the skin, adding them to bath water, or inhaling them.
There are many different types of funerals to choose from and financial help may be available.
Arthritis is an inflammation of the joints, which can cause pain and difficulty when you move around. Other possible effects of arthritis are loss of grip and strength.
is a condition that affects the airways, causing them to become inflamed and narrowed when the asthma is triggered, making it difficult to breathe.
Attendance allowance is a benefit for people who are physically or mentally ill; are disabled and need support or care; or need to be supervised by someone else during daily living activities.
This section gives you information on what to do before you go into hospital, which will hopefully help to prepare you for your visit.
Being diagnosed with a health condition or illness can be a worrying and uncertain time.
How to make an appeal about your benefits.
Being active is key to leading an independent life. Doing a little bit of activity regularly can make a real difference to your health.
The death of someone close to you, whether it was expected or sudden, can be an extremely difficult time, and you will experience many different emotions. Help is available.
is a payment that may be made following the death of your husband, wife or civil partner.
Bipolar disorder is a condition that affects your moods, which can swing from one extreme to another.
First aid advice and guidance on how to deal with bleeding. In emergencies always dial 999 or go straight to hospital.
allows people who have difficulty getting about to park their cars close to the facilities and services that they need to use.
People who call unexpectedly at your home are not always who they say they are and while you might think you are being rude by refusing someone entry into your home, remember it is your property and your decision whether to invite them in.
The Bottle in the Fridge initiative is an emergency information scheme that is currently provided free of charge by Caring Hands.
Sign language is a visual means of communicating using gestures, facial expressions and body language. Sign language is used mainly by deaf people and people with hearing difficulties. Some television programmes have subtitles or text on screen which describes the spoken word and sounds taking place during a programme.
First aid advice on treating burns and scalds. In emergencies dial 999 or go straight to hospital.
If you decide to move house, you need to find out what type of housing will suit your needs best and what is available.
4 in 10 cancer cases are preventable. A healthy diet and lifestyle are key factors in prevention.
Personalised care and support can help you to live more comfortably and independently. Getting help at the right time can help improve your quality of life and allow you to continue enjoying life, plan ahead and make choices that are right for you.
is paid to people over 16 and who spend at least 35 hours a week caring for someone with substantial care needs.
As a carer you may be entitled to a Carers assessment. It is carried out to see what support you might be eligible for, to help you look after yourself and the person you care for.
is available for carers to take breaks and opportunities that give them choice, independence and control to improve their health and wellbeing.
Child Benefit is a tax-free monthly payment made to anyone bringing up a child or a young person. You may be the guardian or carer of your grandchildren. You do not need to be the parent of the child or young person to qualify, but you must be responsible for them.
It can sometimes be difficult to keep children and young people occupied, so if you are responsible for entertaining your children or grandchildren you may find some of these suggestions useful.
Chiropractic involves the Chiropractor using their hands to treat disorders of the bones, muscles and joints.
First Aid advice on what to do if someone is choking. Always dial 999 in emergencies.
Care homes can provide accommodation with either personal or nursing care, depending upon your needs. They vary in size and in the facilities that they provide.
COPD is the collective term for some lung diseases that make breathing difficult.
Chronic Pain is pain that persists despite medical treatment. This pain lasts for a long time (generally more than 3 months).
Tyne and Wear has several cinemas, showing everything from Hollywood blockbusters to low-budget, independent films. You can choose from large, multi-screen cinemas to smaller, more intimate venues.
Same-sex couples in the United Kingdom can have their relationships legally recognised and have the same rights as a married couple.
Help with cleaning and housework.
Cold weather payments are made to help people keep warm during extended cold spells of weather between 1 November and 31 March each year.
These are a great way to get involved in local activities. Here’s a handy list of Community Centres in Newcastle so you can find out what’s happening near you.
If you are not happy with the service that you receive, or if you feel that something has gone wrong, Adult Services need to know.
Using a computer can open up a whole range of opportunities to you, especially if you are using the Internet and email. There’s lots of support available in Newcastle to get online.
As an older person there are many ways in which you can take advantage of concessionary travel in Tyne and Wear and across the country.
Council Tax Support is a benefit that helps people on a low income to pay the Council Tax on the property where they live in or own.
Credit Unions are not-for-profit local organisations which exist to provide a safe, convenient place for members to save money and to get loans and other financial services at reasonable rates.
There are a number of day services to choose from in Newcastle including lunch clubs, social activities, fitness classes and much more.
You’ll be surprised how far you can travel using your concessionary travel pass. Here are a few suggestions of where you can travel to on public transport.
There are approximately nine million people in the UK who are deaf or hard of hearing. More than half of people over the age of 60 years old have a hearing loss, which is usually related to the ageing process.
Help is available to manage debt if you need it. This article covers everything from planning your finances, financial help, utility debt and illegal lending.
If you are bothered by pests in your home or garden, the City Pest Control team will be able to help you.
Dementia is a term used to describe various disorders involving a loss of brain function, such as thinking, memory, reasoning and language.
An NHS dentist is a dentist who has agreed to provide NHS dental services. Some dentists may provide a mixture of NHS and private care.
There are different types of depression or low mood. The symptoms can be mild or severe and impact people differently. Help and support is available if you are feeling sad, lost, lonely or in a low mood.
Diabetes is a health condition where the level of glucose (sugar) in the blood is too high. There are 2 types of Diabetes.
is now in place across the UK. This means that you will need a digital reciever or satelitle or cable TV service in order to watch television.
Direct payments are a way of paying for care and support services such as care in the home, day services or respite care. Direct Payments allow you to buy and arrange your own care and support services.
Disability Living Allowance is a payment for disabled people who need additional support for their care or mobility needs. This benefit will be replaced by Personal Independence in January 2015.
The Equality Act protects disabled people’s rights including employment, education, and access to services and facilities.
There are many options for what happens to your body or organs after you die. Donating your body for scientific research is an option.
You may have been driving for years, but there are some things that you need to think about as you get older and your circumstances change.
Concerned about drug use in your local area? Worried about your own or someone you love’s use of drugs or alcohol? Support and advice is available.
Things to look out for to keep your home and belongings safe
Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) is for people who are unable to work due to illness or disability and who are under pension age.
There are a number of practical steps you can take to save energy and money.
Epilepsy is a neurological condition which causes seizures. There are many different types of epilepsy and seizures.
is one of the options that you could take to release some of your money which is tied up in property.
Information on how to avoid falls and what to do if you have a fall.
As we grow older our lives and families change. This can raise issues with your family and relationships. Support is available to help you through these challenging times.
It can be useful to think of positive ways to overcome any feelings of loneliness that you may be experiencing.
If you are single and want to meet a new partner, there are several ways of meeting new people.
Looking to connect and make new friends? There are many places to meet up with people in Newcastle.
Taking exercise, or doing some form of physical activity, can be an enjoyable way to spend your leisure time, as well as being of great benefit to your health.
Flexible working describes any working pattern that is adapted to suit your needs.
Flu is an infectious virus and is most common from December to March. There is no cure for flu but you can get a flu vaccination.
There are loads of great places to visit for food in Newcastle. Some offer discounts for older people or a tailored service such as lunch clubs where you can socialise with other like minded people.
There are a number of food banks which distribute free food to those who need it most in Newcastle.
Sensible precautions you can take to make yourself less likely to be the victim of crimes such as fraud or scams. How to report fraud.
Newcastle has a range of art on offer. Many art galleries offer free entry, exhibitions and events. Some galleries have cafes and offer guided tours.
Help and advice on how to find a cheaper energy supplier, help with energy debt, complaining about your service provider, priortity services and more.
Tips on how to be gas safe at home
When you’re thinking about how to spend or save your money financial advice is really important. Here’s more information on where to find advice and what advice will suit your needs best.
Whether you live in council property, rent from a private landlord, own your own home or live in sheltered accommodation, there are many agencies that can help you to deal with housing problems.
It’s a good idea to think about how you will manage your new financial and legal arrangements when marrying or starting a new civil partnership in later life.
Want to know more about how to use digital technology such as the internet, computers, tablet devices (Ipad etc) mobile phones and find out what this technology could do for you?
If you need repairs doing to your home and can’t do them yourself then there is help available. Always find someone you can trust before you let them into your home.
Getting to hospital can be a worry for some people. This section gives details on how you can travel to and from the hospitals in Newcastle.
Smoking is the biggest cause of death and illness in the UK. Giving up smoking is the best thing you can do to improve your health with immediate benefits.
Information and advice for grandparents.
Alopecia is a condition that can affect men, women and children. It has no harmful effects to general health but hair loss can be distressing.
A hate incident may be prosecuted as a hate crime if proven.
If you own or rent your home and you’re having problems with repairs, damp, staying warm, electrics, rats, noisy neighbours or more, help is available.
There are groups that aim to ensure the views of patients, carers and the public are heard and acted upon by those making decisions concerning health and health services.
Head injuries are potentially serious and require a proper assessment.
A well-balanced, nutritious diet can help to prevent many illnesses and can significantly improve some existing health conditions.
To keep your feet healthy you need to look after them; keeping them clean, warm and well-supported.
A few simple changes to what you eat and drink and how you brush your teeth can make a big difference to the health of your mouth, gums and teeth.
A hallucination is a sensory experience that occurs in the absence of an external stimulus. For example hearing, seeing, tasting, smelling or feeling something that isn’t there.
It can be useful to know the signs and symptoms of a heart attack. In an emergency dial 999.
Coronary heart disease (CHD) occurs when your arteries become blocked and restrict the blood and oxygen supply to your heart.
happens when the body becomes dangerously overheated, usually due to a high fever or prolonged exposure to heat.
There are schemes that can provide you with a reliable gardener to help keep you garden in good condition at an affordable price.
Most NHS services are free, however there are charges for some things. You may be entitled to free treatment or help with some of these health costs.
There are several organisations that can provide help and advice to ensure that your home has adequate heating and insulation to meet your needs.
There is a community shopping scheme in Newcastle that could help you get out and about called ‘Hop to the Shops’ or you could try the shopmobility scheme.
If High Blood Pressure is not treated and kept under control, it can cause heart disease or a stroke.
If you are retired, or approaching retirement, it might be a good idea to find a hobby that you enjoy. Here’s some information on hobbies that you might consider.
You can make changes to your home or get equipment to help you with day-to-day tasks and activities. This can be important to your wellbeing and quality of life.
If you need some support at home with personal care such as bathing, dressing and making meals, there are organisations that may be able to help you.
Homeopathy is a “treatment” based on the use of highly diluted substancesto cause the body to heal itself.
Housing benefit provides help towards rent costs and some housing service charges for people on a low income.
There are many types of housing available for older people and it is important to assess your current and future needs before you start your search. Find out more about sheltered housing, extra care and almshouses here.
This section looks at the different ways you can raise concerns you may have about health services.
Giving blood or registering as an organ donor is simple to do and could save lives. The blood you give is a lifeline in an emergency and for people who need long-term treatments. Organ donation means taking healthy organs and tissues from one person for transplantation into another.
If you are not happy with the service or goods that you have received you can make a complaint, or in some cases you may be able to return the goods and secure a refund.
There are grants available to help pay for adaptations and equipment to make life easier around your home.
If you have trouble reading websites because of a visual impairment, learning disability or because you speak a language other than English we can help to make InformationNOW easier for you to use. You can open the free Recite ME software by clicking the icons in the right hand corner of any page on the site.
The healthcare provided by our National Health Service (NHS) in the UK is important to all of us. This page is about how to access a GP (or doctor’s) surgery, to make sure you get the healthcare you need.
is excessive breathing. It is normally caused by acute anxiety and it may accompany a panic attack.
Hypnotherapy attempts to engage a person’s subconscious mind, using the power of suggestion to make a positive change.
Identity theft is a crime where criminals steal your personal details and use them to open bank accounts, get credit cards, loans, state benefits, or identity documents.
People can immigrate to the UK or seek asylum. There are controls in place to inform who can come to the UK and how long they can stay.
Incapacity Benefit has been replaced by Employment Support Allowance. You can no longer make a new claim for Incapacity Benefit. If you are unable…
Income support is a benefit for people on low income and is means tested.
Incontinence can affect all age groups. Incontinence may happen for a number of different reasons. Help is available.
Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit is a benefit for people who are ill or disabled because of disease or deafness caused by certain types of work, or because of an accident at work.
is a way of protecting yourself and your belongings against a particular adverse event, for example, a burglary or a serious accident.
To connect to the internet you need a telephone line and to pay for a broadband connection. You can also access WiFi
There are a range of organisations that provide interpreting and translation services in Newcastle
The way the healthcare services are planned and purchased in Newcastle and the whole of England has changed. NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) have now replaced the NHS Primary Care Trusts.
Complementary therapy includes a wide range of treatments that can be used alongside or as an alternative to conventional medicine.
First aid skills are easy to learn and will hopefully stay with you for life. Your knowledge could save someone’s life and it is likely to be those closest to you who will benefit from your skills.
is a taxable benefit for people who are below retirement age and who are unemployed.
For older people, or people with chronic health conditions, the hot weather can be dangerous and potentially fatal.
There are many ways that you can keep in touch with friends and family online. Email and Video Chat are very popular (and free) ways to communicate with others.
Attacks from terrorists are on the rise. Important information about how to keep safe and report suspicious activity.
Keeping warm in cold weather is important. Alongside cold and flu, cold weather can cause serious health problems, such as heart attacks, stroke, hypothermia and pneumonia. It’s important to stay warm.
Looking after your mental wellbeing is just as important as taking care of your physical health.
Information abou tlooking after a friend or relative.
Sometimes you may need a helping hand with your house work. Some local areas have laundrette facilities and there are some charities and organisations in Newcastle that offer laundry services.
A learning disability and Autism are life-long conditions. They affect a person’s ability to communicate or to do everyday things. People with a learning disability and autism find it harder than others to learn, understand and communicate.
Leaving hospital can be just as daunting as going into hospital for some people. Information on what should happen when you leave hospital and tips on how to prepare for your return home.
There are a number of leisure facilities in Newcastle. We have listed below the main leisure centres in the city so that you can find one near you.
There are 18 libraries in Newcastle, all offering a wide range of services. Becoming a member of a library is free.
Taking up learning opportunities at any age can enhance your life and help you to feel healthier and happier. there are lots of courses to choose from in Newcastle.
Considering moving abroad? There are some things to consider about how this may effect any benefits you are receiving or entitled to.
Loan sharks are unlicenced money lenders who often charge very high interest rates and sometimes use threats and violence to frighten people who can’t pay back their loan
Many people do not see themselves as carers, but rather as family members or friends, and do not realise that they may be able to get financial and practical help from the City Council, health services and voluntary organisations.
If you’re looking for work, thinking about returning to work, or want to change your career, there is help available.
Some people may have difficulties making decisions. This could be due to a learning disability, dementia, a mental health problem, or a brain injury
There are some steps that you can take to help make your computer easier to use without having to purchase new equipment.
Simple steps to make your home safer.
Plan ahead to manage your affairs. There may be a point in your life where you are unable to manage your finances and need someone to do this for you. Or if you care for a family member or friend, you may need to step in to manage their finances and other affairs, if they are unable to do so themselves.
How to budget to manage your money well, to avoid getting into debt and to save some money for the future.
ME (myalgic encephalomyelitis) is also sometimes referred to as chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS). It can affect people of any age.
If you are finding it difficult to prepare your own meals and have no other way of getting a main meal, you may want to consider applying to have hot meals delivered to your home.
happens to all women at some point in their life. Support and help is available to help deal with the side effects.
Mental Health is about how we think, feel and behave. At some time in their lives, one in four people in the UK have a mental health problem which affects their daily life, relationships or physical health.
If you need help with a mental health problem outside normal working hours there are several services that you can use.
The stress and trauma associated with serving in the armed forces can impact on your mental health. Support is available.
For many people the main symptom is a painful headache. Other symptoms include disturbed vision; sensitivity to light, sound and smells feeling sick and vomiting.
Mindful therapy can be practised on your own or through the help of a service.
Community Transport is provided by not-for-profit or social enterprise organisations for the benefit of the local community.
are for patients with injuries such as sprains, cuts and grazes. The waiting times are generally much shorter than at Accident and Emergency.
are a good way to keep in touch. They can be used to make phone calls, send text messages photos and emails and lots more.
are a fantastic way of getting out and about for people who have mobility issues. There are lots of different type of scooter available to choose from.
Motability is a charity which provides mobility solutions for disabled people. This includes help to lease a car, powered wheelchair or scooter.
If you are thinking of moving abroad, your first step should be to get as much information as possible about the realities of living in a foreign country.
You need to take time to decide whether to move in with relatives, as the relationship you have with your family and your own individual circumstances will naturally affect how suitable this option would be for you.
There are many museums to visit in Tyne and Wear. Many are free and have exhibitions ranging from science and technology to local history.
If you want to get involved and sing or play an instrument yourself, we also have information on some of the organisations that can help you.
There are many music venues in and around Newcastle, playing host to a wide variety of musical performers. We have listed some of these venues here. There are also a couple of local magazines that will keep you up to date with acts and venues.
You pay National Insurance contributions throughout your working life, to build up your entitlement to certain state benefits, including the State Pension.
Neighbourhood Watches are ran by volunteers to help make sure the area remains safe and to prevent crime. There may be a Neighbourhood Watch in your local area.
The TaxiCard scheme is for those who have a disability or impairment that means using public transport is difficult.
If you have a problem with noise in your neighbourhood there are several courses of action you can take, depending upon the seriousness of the problem.
The Elders Council of Newcastle is the older people’s forum in Newcastle. It is a voluntary organisation run by and for older people in Newcastle. They work to get the voice and views of older people heard in our city.
Opticians and Optometrists test your sight and examine the health of your eyes. There are some health conditions that can effect your eyes and the symptoms are only found on examination. Regular checks are important.
Osteoporosis is a condition where the bones become weak, fragile and can break easily. It is more common in women than men.
Palliative care is a term that is used when someone is supported through a serious progressive illness. It also includes care for their families.
Parkinson’s disease is a progressive neurological condition which affects movements such as walking, talking and writing.
There are plenty of green spaces in and around Newcastle upon Tyne, where you can take a walk, ride a bike, use the play/exercise facilities and enjoy the fresh air. Some of the parks also feature part of the Hadrian’s Way. Here’s a handy list of those in Newcastle and close by.
If you are planning to travel abroad, or in some cases within the UK, you are required to have a valid UK passport.
The system for paying for care can be quite complicated. The amount you pay depends upon your circumstances.
The Payment Exception Service is a way for people who do not have a bank account to collect benefit or pension payments.
There are a number of ways of paying for goods and services in shops, on line or by post.
Pension Credit is a benefit to help top up pension payments for those on low incomes or as an extra payment for those who have saved privately.
Pensions are a way of saving for your retirement with some tax benefits.
If you’re worried about getting help if you have an accident at home or fall ill suddenly, a 24 hour response, monitoring or support service may be useful to you to help you live confidently and independently.
Your personal budget is the sum of money that Newcastle City Council allocates for your care and support. As a result of your personal budget, a support plan should be put in place.
PIP replaces Disability Living Allowance. It is a benefit to help towards some of the extra costs associated with ill-health or disability
Newcastle has relatively low rates of violent crime against older people, however there are some precautions that you can take to help reduce your chances of being a victim of crime.
Information on what to consider before getting a pet and where you can find support to help you look after your pets. Also, taking your pet into pubs and cafes and on holiday.
Pharmacists or chemists are experts in the use and effect of medicines. You can get advice, medicines and some treatments in pharmacies without waiting to see your GP.
There are many different faiths that are celebrated in Newcastle. You can find a number of places of worship and communities here.
Registered podiatrists (or chiropodists) are trained in all aspects of care for the feet and lower limbs.
information about the range of postal services available in the UK
Power of Attorney is a legal document, which authorises one or more people to handle your finances. You can set up a Power of Attorney for a limited time, or to deal with a specific situation.
During your working life it is likely that you will encounter problems at work at some point in time. This may be due to the job itself, your relationship with your colleagues, or personal circumstances
There are several types of problems that you may experience in your neighbourhood. You may have noisy neighbours, or you may be experiencing verbal abuse or threats from someone in your area.
Information on the types of public transport available in Newcastle.
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occurs when someone is treated less favourably than another person because of their race, colour, nationality or ethnic origin.
Redundancy is a form of dismissal from a job. Reasons for redundancy can include the fact that new technology or a new system has made your job unnecessary, that the job you were hired for no longer exists, that there is a need to cut costs
Reflexology is the application of pressure to feet and hands to relieve pain and treat medical conditions.
Reiki is a form of touch therapy where the therapist uses distant healing techniques. Their touch should be gentle, light and comfortable.
Retiring from work is a decision which most people will have considered very carefully. Many people are now retiring at a younger age and living longer. Retirement can be an exciting new phase in your life,
Ways to make more out of your money.
Schizophrenia is a mental health condition that causes a range of different psychological symptoms, including: hallucinations, hearing or seeing things that do not exist, and delusions.
Home security is the best way to reduce your chances of being burgled. Some basic tips are listed in this section. Many of them are common sense, but they could make all the difference to the safety of your home.
A lot of crime is against cars, motorbikes and bicycles; either the theft of them, or from them. Most of this crime can be prevented by following some simple tips, which are detailed in this section.
Self care and self management for people with a disability are terms that are used regularly in today’s society, particularly by the NHS and associated health and social care organisations.
The decision to become self-employed is a big step, especially if you’re close to retirement age, and it’s not one that you should take without advice.
Information and advice on relationship counselling, separation and divorce.
Information about sexual health, protection from sexual transmitted infections, contraception and details of organisations that can provide you with expert advice and guidance.
Shiatsu is a form of Japanese massage which involves applying pressure to various points on the body used to relieve pain and promote health.
is a common disease which occurs in people who have previously had chicken pox. It can affect anyone.
Shock is a physical reaction to an injury usually related to blood loss or circulatory problems. Shock can be potentially fatal. Here are some tips on treating shock.
Shopmobility provides battery-powered scooters and wheelchairs for people with mobility difficulties.
connecting with others online is a great way to keep in touch with friends and family and discover others who have shared interests. There are many ways to do this for free.
Social Prescribing links patients through healthcare to sources of support within the community. It provides a non–clinical referral option and may be described as connecting people with health and wellbeing activities that improve both their physical and mental health.
The State Pension is a payment you receive if you pay enough National Insurance contributions over your working life.
A few simple precautions will keep you safe while you are online.
A stroke occurs when an area of the brain is deprived of its blood supply, causing brain tissue to die. This is usually the result of a clot or burst blood vessel.
There are a range of support groups in Newcastle that help, advise and support people through difficulties including offering emotional support to those people dealing with illness, social isolation, end of life or a long term condition.
There are many swimming pools in Newcastle. Find one near you.
Information to help you to plan a holiday that takes into account your interests and needs.
Key taxes that you may have to pay include: Income Tax, Capital Gains Tax, Inheritance Tax, Stamp Duty, Value Added Tax and certain other duties.
There are mainly two types of taxis in Newcastle; Hackney carriages and private hire vehicles.
There are a lot of telephone services to choose from. This article gives more information to help find the right service for you.
You need to buy a TV license if you own a TV set or other equipment that can recieve TV programmes.
Help to plan moving home including advice on decluttering, removal companies and how to dispose of unwanted items.
may be able to provide lump sum cash payments or loans to cover extra expenses that you find difficult to cover from your regular income.
Newcastle has excellent theatre venues, attracting many popular artists and touring productions. Many of the venues we have listed here offer concessions for older people
Whether you live in Newcastle or are just visiting, there are many ways to enjoy a great day out in Newcastle and the surrounding areas of Tyne and Wear and Northumberland
There are many reasons why you may want to consider moving from your home, however moving house is a big step in your life so before making a decision, here are some things to consider.
The thyroid produces hormones which control the body’s metabolism. These hormones are important in regulating your body’s energy.
Setting up a trust means you give your money or property to someone else so you no longer own it. Some people use trusts to leave money to others when they die.
Universal Credit has replaced working-age means-tested benefits. It will provide one payment which takes into account housing, employment, children and income.
The NHS provides a free telephone helpline, an online helpline (111) & a website for non life threatening health and medical advice.
Urinary Tract infections are the most common infection health problem amongst older adults. They can be painful and uncomfortable, but can be treated easily.
Vandalism and graffiti can contribute greatly to the fear of crime. Find out how to report it here.
As you get older your eyesight changes. 98% of people over the age of 50 years old need glasses to correct their vision and some people may have a medical condition that affects their eyesight.
Volunteering is a great way to learn a new skill or develop an existing one, meet new people and have fun.
are for patients who want fast and convenient access to healthcare advice, information and treatment for minor illnesses and injuries.
read more about the water supplier in the North East, help to pay your bills, to save money and water.
There are many ways that you can deal with crime or community safety issues. This section explains some of these, giving contact details of those who can help.
Your weight can impact upon your health and wellbeing. Support is available to help you manage and maintain your weight.
There are a number of state funded financial benefits which you maybe eligible to receive which will help to improve your quality of life.
The internet can be used to do so many different things such as keeping in touch with people, paying bills, entertainment, shopping and for fun.
Hoarding is where someone collects large amounts of items and is unable to throw any of them away. This can become a problem and be risky for the person living in the home and their neighbours.
Here’s a helpful guide of practical issues that you made need to consider and act upon following the death of a loved one.
Find out more about places where you can receive legal advice in Newcastle.
This article explains what to expect during your stay in hospital.
If you die without making a Will, known as ‘dying intestate’, it can become complicated for the people that you leave behind to carry out your wishes or know your intentions.
The Winter Fuel Payment is a tax free payment to help older people keep warm during winter. It is provided by the government.
If you may have to leave your home or if you’re under threat of eviction there is help and support available to you.
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Some benefits can be affected when you go into hospital or into residential care. Here are some things to consider.
A financial assessment determines how much you have to pay for the services you receive from Social Services, or how much you will receive in Direct Payments
If you need some extra help to live independently at home, you may be able to get help from Newcastle City Council.
If you have a problem with something that you buy or pay for there are laws that can protect you. There are also local organisations that can help you.
General Practitioners (GPs) provide a wide range of health services. They provide consultations in their practices and through home visits.
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