Health & Wellbeing
We take deep dive into particular health and well-being issues that are important to older people. Developed in partnership with Leeds City Council’s Health Improvement Team, these stories will give you all the information you need to stay well as you age.
LIVING WITH DEMENTIA
Nearly a million people in the UK are affected by dementia. Dementia isn’t just about memory though – it can affect our ability to read, write and causes problems with balance and coordination.
However, you can live well with dementia. We find out how.
SERVICE WITH A SMILE
We all love a hot dinner, served with a smile. Leeds City Council funds around 80 lunch clubs for older people in the city.
The clubs offer good, affordable food and a friendly welcome. Eating a nutritious meal in a social atmosphere is a good for your physical and mental health. We visit one such club in Chapeltown to uncover the stories behind the plate.
8 STEPS TO WINTER WELLNESS
Stay well this winter! Have a glance at our checklist of things to do to keep healthy over the next few months.
As well as providing sage advice, we’ve invited regular Shine contributor Betty Bennison to share her thoughts. Betty is in her 80s and lives in a supported living complex with her husband; she has some handy tips to keep healthy and fit.
Good Grief: how to find support when you’re bereaved
When a loved one dies, it can affect your own health. We look at how to find support, look after yourself and grieve healthily.
Walking is a simple way to keep active. But where to go? Get out and about with the help of a new app from Leeds City Council.
EXPLORE YOUR CITY
Ruth Steinberg road-tests the Love Exploring app and we outline the benefits of a good walk
Keeping warm in the winter is a challenge. But when temperatures drop, it’s important not to get too cold.
We share some tips about how to stay warm and meet a group of knitters who talk about all things woolly.
Nowadays we are advised to take vitamin supplements and eat “five a day” to stay healthy.
But what was it like when we were
growing up? Maureen Kershaw shares
her memories of healthy eating and vitamins.
Claim your Pension Credits now and you could improve your health. You could be entitled to an extra £60 every week!
A boost to your income could make you feel better.
A healthy home is a happy home.
HOME SWEET HOME
Find out how where you live can have an impact on your physical and mental health.
We all love a bit of sunshine, but as we get older, we need to take care in the heat.
THE HEAT IS ON
We share some tips about how to stay safe in the sun; plus Maureen Kershaw shares her stories of the summers of her childhood.
IT'S GOOD TO TALK
How talking to others can be good for your mental health.
What are the benefits of having a good old fashioned chin-wag?
Over the last few years year, some of the more nefarious members of society have been using our understandable fears about health to scam money off us.
BEAT THE SCAMMERS
Judith Sullivan looks at how to stay safe in the face of unscrupulous scammers.
As we get older, we may find ourselves spending more time at home. How can we keep our bodies and minds in shape?
STAY HOME, STAY FIT
Ruth Steinberg talks to a family about their fitness plan and we share some tips to keep fit and well at home.