Category Archives: Wellbeing

Let’s think about our food

Remember to eat well. This is important as we get older.

There are certain foods we should try to eat – and others we should limit or avoid. We should also watch our weight, cut down on salt and make sure we prepare and store food safely.

But most important of all, we should also make sure we actually enjoy our food! Here are some guidelines. (Photo: Clive Price)

Take a break

We all know a change is as good as a rest. That’s especially true if you’re a carer.

If you provide care for a relative, friend or neighbour, there’ll be times when you need to take a break.

You may wish to attend appointments or simply take time out. Which? explains the respite care options available, how to choose and finance this type of care, and what benefits it can offer you and the person you care for. (Photo: Clive Price)


We’re going mobile

Mobility scooters can offer a great deal of independence when we need that extra boost to get out and about.

There are many different types available. Prices can range from under £400 to over £5,000, depending on the size and quality of the scooter.

Because there’s so much variety, it’s important to think about what will suit you before you buy. A useful guide is available from Rica (formerly Ricability), the trading name of the national research charity Research Institute for Consumer Affairs. (Photo: Rica)


Wheelchair without charge

We all need a little extra help to get around at some time or other. But what if we need to hire a wheelchair?

You can borrow a wheelchair from the British Red Cross for up to 12 weeks, free of charge.

In most cases you’ll need to visit your local mobility aids service to collect and return a wheelchair.

For more details, visit here. (Photo: Simon Rawles, British Red Cross)


Free to wander in Wales

Let’s face it. We all like a treat! Fancy a free ride across Wales?

A pilot bus service offering free weekend travel to passengers across Wales has been launched by the Welsh Government. It covers buses using the TrawsCymru network.

Designed to boost visitors, the scheme runs every weekend until May 2018. (Photo: Alan Dop / Alamy Live News)


Enjoy your road trip

If you’re a motorist, you’ll probably have a long record of safe driving.

Statistics show that drivers over 55 are least likely to be involved in an accident. However, as we know, not all roads are pleasant country lanes.

Indeed, roads are different these days – with faster and more aggressive driving – and new road layouts that some of us may find confusing.

Here’s a handy guide that could help us all on our journeys. Happy motoring and safe driving! (Photo: Clive Price)


Warm through the winter

Cold weather can affect our health. We’re all aware of that.

And of course, very cold weather can affect anyone. But we’re most vulnerable if we’re 65 or older, have a long-term health condition, or disabled.

So it’s important for us to find out how to keep ourselves well and our homes warm during winter.

The NHS offers some basic tips to look after yourself and others. (Photo: Clive Price)


How to adapt your home

As a responsible landlord, MMHS is committed to assisting residents to obtain aids and adaptations, where they are required.

The Society sets aside an annual budget to supplement resources available from local authorities.

Examples include – additional grab rails, replacing a bath with a shower and provision of a downstairs WC. Full details can be found in the Tenants’ Handbook.

A camera boosts our confidence

Slow down, soak up your surroundings, then snap. That’s the message from Methodist minister Philip Richter in his new book Spirituality In Photography.

Philip’s writing reflects a current trend in promoting photography as a means of enhancing health and wellbeing. And his book goes even deeper. ‘Spirituality relates best to patient, slow photography,’ says the author, ‘which takes the time to stop and look, to wind down and be truly present, to see with the “eyes of your heart”.’

Philip, who serves as a Ministry Development Officer in the British Connexional Team, encourages the reader to ‘receive’ or ‘make’ a picture, rather than ‘take’ it. Published by Darton, Longman and Todd, the book is divided into 11 short chapters, each exploring a different aspect of photography and spirituality.

‘Photographing the ordinary and everyday can help you ground your spirituality in what happens each day in familiar places,’ the author writes. ‘We can take more notice of everyday epiphanies.’ To support his view, Philip quotes a prayer from the Methodist Worship Book – ‘in the midst of our everyday lives, surprise us with glimpses of the glorious, humble love at the heart of existence’.

Why photography? What has it to contribute to mobility and independence?

We put the question to the Disabled Photographers’ Society. ‘Photography can be very beneficial to those who wish to explore,’ said Trustee Kenny Cowle. ‘Giving the disabled a camera can give confidence in searching for new places and also finding the beauty within their own surroundings.

‘Photography has the ability to mould to the surroundings of any individual, from a full complete studio space installed at home – to a portable space that can be transferred from place to place, allowing you to photograph people or objects in a comforting environment.’