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Contents Spring 2020 Foreword …................................. p.5 from our CEO

Brain Training ….......................... p.6 Train your brain with our 20 fun questions Volunteer and Job Ads ….......... p.7 Adverts for welfare benefits volunteers, fundraising and Help in the Home Jobs. Community Events …................. p.8 News from the Great Missenden and District Fundraising News ….................. p.9 All about our fundraisers and FUNdraising. Protect yourself Online …........ p.10 Stay safe online- help and advice from Thames Valley Police

A year in review ….............. p.12-13 Highlighting some of our big events from last year. Laughter! Is the best Medicine . p.14 A happy article all about how laughter can help you. Nutrition …................................. p.15 Nutrition and You. Ask Julie …................................. p.16 Our member of staff Julie answers YOUR questions. The Great Outdoors ................. p.17 Spring has finally sprung.


The Big Knit ............................... p.18 The Big Knit returns. We have one of the *new* patterns to get you started.

Services AgeUK Bucks ............. p.19 Information about the services we offer. Let’s Get Talking ....................... p.20 Our letters page. Join in the conversation! Useful Contact Numbers ........ p.22 Cut out and keep. A page of really useful numbers you may find helpful.


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Competition Winners …............ p.11 Winners from last years’ Winter competition.

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Meet the team… Editor

Caroline Cunningham-Oakes Tel: 01296 431911 Email: ccunninghamoakes@ ageukbucks.org.uk

Age UK Buckinghamshire 145 Meadowcroft Aylesbury Buckinghamshire HP19 9HH Tel: 01296 431911 Fax: 01296 330783 Email: age@ageukbucks.org.uk www.ageukbucks.org.uk


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Foreword from the CEO Welcome to this Spring edition of Engage


elcome to the Spring edition of Engage – this edition is packed full of things to read, things to do and things to learn. Thank you to everyone who has contributed by sending and letters, comments and entering our Winter Warmer competition – congratulations to our 20 winners! We understand that our readers are going through a difficult time in relation to Covid-19. We are here for you if you need us. Please call us on 01296 431 911 and we will do our best to get help to you. Spring is always a time for new beginnings and we at Age UK Buckinghamshire are looking at ways we can better connect and talk to our readers, volunteers

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and supporters. ‘Let’s Get Talking’ on page 20 introduces a new feature. We want to hear from you… your stories, funny or thought provoking, your photographs and your suggestions. I have really enjoyed the stories from those readers who have assisted the launch of this feature and we look forward to hearing more from you. As CEO I am often asked – What does Age UK Buckinghamshire do? – well, page 12 and 13 of this edition gives a summary of our work over the last year. You may be surprised that we receive between 600-700 telephone calls every month from people who need some help and support with later life which can be challenging and unpredictable for so many. ‘In Your Area’ gives our readers some ideas of activities that are happening locally and take place right close to where you live. If you know of any local groups and clubs that would be of interest to our readers, please get in touch. Once again, we say ‘Goodbye’ and ‘Hello’ to

members of the Age UK Buckinghamshire Team. Our Befriending CoOrdinator for North Bucks Mela Fernandez retired at Christmas after 3 years’ service and we welcomed Philippa Prescott to our First Contact team. Phillippa started with us a volunteer and is a great support to us all. We wish them both the very best for the future. I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a happy and healthy Summer time and hope that this edition inspires you to keep in touch either by telephone, face to face, write us or through social media…

Berna dett e A sh croft Are you following us on Social Media? Stay up to date with all our news and information by following us on twitter and Facebook. @ageukbucks @ageukbucks

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Brain Trainer I

ntroducing something new to our magazine, the AgeUK Bucks brain trainer quiz. Give your brain a little workout! With our quiz page! Questions vary from trivia, sport, food, film, world, history, the arts. Our quizzes are a great way to Test yourself! Test your friends! And bring people together.

Question 3

Who was Henry VIll’s first wife?

Question 4

What is the painting ‘La Gioconda’ more usually known as?

Question 5

Which chess piece can only move diagonally?

Question 6

Name the game played on a lawn called a ‘crown green’?


Question 8

Which kind of bulbs were once exchanged as a form of currency?

Question 9

By what name is Lancelot Brown more usually known?

Question 10

Name the director of the Lord of the Rings trilogy?

Question 11

What is the world’s longest river?

Question 13

Question 17

True or false: Amphibians are invertebrates?

Which word goes before vest, beans and quartet?

Question 18

Question 14

Question 19

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Question 20

What is another word for lexicon? What is someone who shoes horses called?

What is a cosmonaut? What type of food is manchego? What is the name of the boy in the Jungle Book?

Question 16

Where would you find the Sea of Tranquility?

Which is the only American state to begin with the letter ‘p’?

Q14 Dictionary Q18 A Russian astronaut Q15 A Farrier Q19 Cheese Q16 The Moon Q20 Mowgli Q17 False: Vertebrates as they have backbones

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Question 12

Q9 Capability Brown Q10 Peter Jackson Q11 Pennsylvania Q12 The Amazon Q13 String

What flavour is Cointreau?

Name the country where you would find the Cresta Run.

The Mona Lisa A bishop Bowls Switzerland Tulips

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Question 7

Q4 Q5 Q6 Q7 Q8

What is an e-book?

All of the answers are at the bottom of the page (remember, no cheating)!

Q1 A book available in a digital, rather than printed, format. Q2 Orange Q3 Catherine of Aragon.

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Welfare Benefits Volunteers

Do you have 2-3 hours a week to help older people in Buckinghamshire? We are currently looking for Welfare Benefit Volunteers in the Chiltern, Wycombe and South Bucks Districts! Many older people struggle financially because they do not maximise their incomes by claiming the welfare benefits to which they are entitled. Within this role, you would visit clients in their own home and help them through the process of claiming benefits such as Attendance Allowance.

with a more experienced volunteer to observe and then advise before taking on one-to-one visits. If you are interested in this volunteer position then please contact Sue Gehnich on: sgehnich@ageukbucks.org.uk or telephone 01296 431911. More information on our website: www.ageukbucks.org.uk

You will need to be empathetic, non-judgemental, patient and professional with a friendly and approachable manner. Attention to detail, good record keeping and a willingness to learn about older people’s benefits is vital. You can commit to as many visits a week as you wish, with each visit taking around 2-3 hours. We will provide training to successful applicants and at the end of the initial training you will be “buddied”

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Freelance Home Helpers

Do you want to help the older members of our community whilst earning money?

We are looking for self-employed Home Helpers, in High Wycombe, Amersham and Chesham. When older people are unable to look after their homes and need help with cleaning, Age UK Buckinghamshire provide friendly, competent Home Helpers as regularly as they wish.

in the Home Coordinator) on zstevenson@ ageukbucks.org.uk or call on 01296 438416. You can also download the application form from our website: www.ageukbucks.org.uk

Local Help in the Home agents are needed to provide help with general cleaning, laundry, prescription collection and shopping for older people in Buckinghamshire. We are looking for committed, caring and personable adults who want to help older people whilst earning. You will be a self-employed freelance agent, Disclosure and Barring Scheme (DBS) checked and able to provide references. For more information and an application form please contact Zoe Stevenson (Help

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Community events and farewell to a friend of AgeUK Bucks A

ge Concern Great Missenden and District had been lucky enough to be nominated as one of the Co-op’s Local Causes Campaign 2019, and the Great Missenden was busy fundraising all year. As a result we received the fantastic sum

If the worst happens, I know Dogs Trust will care for him.

of £2,543.00 which is fantastic. A cheque was presented by the store manager Neil Smith to our President, Richard Hawkins, our Treasurer Judith Rodwell, and to some of our members and volunteers at the end of the year.

When I’m not here to love him, I know Dogs Trust will be. Now I’ve got my free Canine Care Card, I have complete peace of mind. It guarantees that Dogs Trust will love and look after my dog if I pass away first. Dogs Trust is the UK’s largest dog welfare charity with a rehoming centre in Harefield and 19 more nationwide. They never put down a healthy dog.

Apply now for your FREE Canine Care Card.

Email: ccc@dogstrust.org.uk Please quote “334451”

www.dogstrust.org.uk Reg. Charity Nos: 227523 & SC037843 Service only available for residents of the UK, Ireland, Channel Islands & the Isle of Man.

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FUNdraising NEWS and thank you’s thank you

We would like to say thank you to the staff at Radfield Home Care who had a stall at the Beaconsfield Festival of Lights last year, back in November 2019. There was a ‘name the cuddly toy competition’ with all proceeds, going charity and that charity they chose was AgeUK Bucks.

Thank you to the Waitrose & Partners Aylesbury Community Matters Team and to all of the consumers who helped raise funds for us, each time they shopped-by popping

a green token into our own designating green token box. The total enabled us to generate several prizes for our Winter Competition. (Winners announced in this edition of Engage)

Ways to FUNdraise Hold your own event!

Are you wanting to fundraise for us but are unsure what to do? Get inspired by the ideas and help us raise funds for our vital services. Using the online service Justgiving (www.justgiving.com) to collect funds is quick and easy to set up and makes it very simple for others to donate. Whether you are holding a quiz night or a bake sale, you can easily fundraise for us on Justgiving.

Ways to help us Fundraise l

Hold a fashion show Hold a games/Quiz night l Coffee morning l Craft event

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Thank you to those of you who continue to choose to buy tickets in support of AgeUK Buckinghamshire. It is a win win for everyone. As you are in with a chance of winning prizes every time you buy a ticket! Plus, the Vale Lottery proceeds helps us continue to offer our services to vulnerable


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Buckingham Ford Tea Party

During the latter part of last year 2019, the lovely people over at Buckingham Ford held a fundraiser, in the form of a tea party! They very kindly donated £1 from every cup of tea they sold to us here at AgeUK Bucks. We would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who took part to help us raise money in support to helps us raise funds to work with older people in Buckinghamshire.

and isolated older people living in Buckinghamshire. Don’t forget you can follow our updates on Vale Lottery results via our Facebook page and on twitter. We received a very generous donation of £2000 from an anonymous donour.

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Protecting yourself online. A

s the world moves more towards being online, it’s important that we don’t forget to protect ourselves from cyber crime. It can be daunting having to learn new processes like online banking and keeping in touch with our friends and families on social media, but did you know that £1.7million was lost to cyber criminals by residents in the Thames Valley between April 2018 and March 2019? Here are some of the simple actions that you can take to protect yourself online: Use a strong, separate password for your email. By creating a separate password for your email account, you’re securing yourself should your password be stolen from an account elsewhere. Choose three random words and substitute letters for numbers to make the password harder for someone else to guess. Watch out for fake emails and texts asking for your information. These are called phishing messages, and they can sometimes look like they’re from genuine sources. Look out for tell-tale signs such as poor spelling and grammar, incorrect email addresses and requests for information or payment out of the blue. Never give out your personal information unless you are sure it’s from a trusted source.

Winners of our January Hamper! Thank you to of Aylesbury

Thank you to all of you who entered our competition. The answer was ‘Winter Warmer’ Our winners areMrs J Gehnich Ms.S.Ward Mrs.J.Karp E.Lowley I.Thomas Alicia Barrett Malcolm McPartlan A Elliott Mrs Carter M Morris

May Rose M.Willis Mrs E James D.Waterton Arran.Stewart Gill Comley Monica Sado Mr & Mrs Ted Cole M Fincher Elisia

Here are some of the happy winners

Install the latest software and app updates. You wouldn’t put an old set of tyres on your car. Why would you trust old software to protect your personal data? Software and apps are regularly updated to secure against the newest viruses and online threats. Check the settings on your phone and computer to make sure you have the latest updates installed. Call your manufacturer or go on their website if you’re not sure how to do this. Secure your social media. Social media is a great way for us to keep in touch with loved ones and share our lives with them, but would you want a stranger to see this? Check the settings of your social media accounts to make sure you have adequate privacy filters enabled. More details on how to protect yourself from cyber crime can be found on the Thames Valley Police website. If you think you have been a victim of an online scam, you should report this to Action Fraud on their website or by calling 0300 123 2040.

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To support mature drivers and their families Transport for Bucks (TfB) has developed an online e-learning module. The module covers: • Fitness to drive Recognising how changes to eyesight and age related conditions may affect your driving. • Ability - Recognise if and how your driving is changing • Medication - the law relating to drugs and medication • Improving your skills - developing your hazard perception skills

Driving is an important part of life for many residents of Buckinghamshire, enabling independence. However, as we age, driving can become more stressful. The module can be accessed via www.buckscc.gov.uk/olderdrivers

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A year in review Highlighting some

Did you know!

During the financial year 2018 to 2019 we continued to provide the services of Befriending, Information and Advice and Welfare Benefits Advice to our clients throughout the county of Buckinghamshire free of charge. We also provided a range of Commercial Services for which an appropriate charge is made.

The Big Knit Earlier in 2018‌..we had great fun with The Big Knit. You will be pleased to hear that it has returned again this year 2020 and we have ALL of the patterns. These can be found on our website www.ageuk.org.uk/buckinghamshire. We have one of the new patterns to get you started which can be found on page 19. For those of you who follow us on our Facebook page (please do so if you do not already do so) you will be pleased to know that we plan to hold our own bigger knitters project this time with hat patterns wearable for kids and adults. With all proceeds going, direct to AgeUK Buckinghamshire. After our opinion poll, it is quite evident that our keen knitters out there are very eager to join in on the exciting project. Poppy the cat Stay tuned for that. some of our hats from previous knits

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Our Befriending Servic year, with a total of 2 clients. This is a muc one of the core activit support older people independently and

The Big Swim We held our BIG swims during the latter part of the year 2019, and our FANTASTIC swimmers raised over ÂŁ1043 for AgeUK Buckinghamshire. Both sponsored swims were held at the Aqua Vale and the Swan Pool in Buckingham. Due to such success, we hope to hold it again this year 2020. Thank you to those of you who sponsored our swimmers. If any of you budding swimmers would like to take part in the next Big Swim please do contact us nearer the time. We will be looking out for you. Look out for details of our next BIG Swim in only in Engage magazine and on our social media.

helping out over at the Mad Hatters Knitting Team


of our big achievements 2018-2019

ce had another very successful 252 volunteers supporting 308 ch-valued service and forms ties of the charity. The aim is to so that they can remain living d with a good quality of life.

In addition to the free services, we have continued to provide a wide range of Commercial Services and these include Help-in-The-Home, Gardening, Home Hairdressing, Neat Feet, Handyperson and Computer Tuition.

Tombola Christmas Fayre


In December 2019 we held our Tombola Christmas Fayre where we raised ÂŁ143?. Thank you to all of you who came along to that. It was great fun!

We LOVE what we do and that is helping older people in the Bucks and surrounding area.

We will be holding a tombola at some point in the New Year 2020. Look out for that in future issues of Engage.

Your feedback is invaluable to us so do send in your thoughts, your letters, your anything! To us. All letters/emails are treated in the strictest of confidence.

Stay tuned be that online, or via YOUR magazine Engage.

AND- for those of you who have any stories or anything interesting which you would like to share with our readers, which you would like us to print in our next issue, please forward any information to the Editor, Caroline Cunningham-Oakes ccunninghamoakes@ageukbucks.org.uk

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You are What you Eat Eat a Variety of Foods Foods contain combinations of nutrients and other healthful substances. No single food can supply all nutrients in the amounts you need. For example, oranges provide vitamin C but no vitamin B12; cheese provides vitamin B12 but no vitamin C. To make sure you get all of the nutrients and other substances needed for health, choose the recommended number of daily servings from each of the five major food groups: grains, vegetables, fruits, milk, meat and beans.

Vegetarian Diets and Nutritional Requirements Most vegetarians eat milk products and eggs, and as a group, these lacto-ovo-vegetarians enjoy excellent health. You can get enough protein from a vegetarian diet as long as the variety and amounts of foods consumed are adequate. Meat, fish, and poultry are major contributors of iron, zinc, and B vitamins in most American diets, and vegetarians should pay special attention to getting these nutrients from vegetarian sources. Vegans eat only food of plant origin. Because animal products are the only sources of vitamin B12, vegans must supplement their diets with a source of this vitamin. In addition, vegan diets, particularly those of children, require care to insure adequacy of vitamin D and calcium.

Maintain a Healthy Weight It is important for people of all ages to maintain a healthy weight. People who are overweight increase their risk for high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, breathing problems, and other illnesses. To maintain a healthy body weight,

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& YOU Look after your heart.

people must balance the amount of calories in the foods and drinks they consume with the amount of calories the body uses. Physical activity is an important way to use food energy. Extreme thinness is also unhealthy. People who eat very little or diet excessively may not get the calories and other nutrients they need for good health. Aerobic exercise, such as walking, running, swimming, inline skating, and playing football, burns fat and calories. Try to do 30 minutes or more of moderate physical activity on most — preferably all — days of the week.

To Decrease Calorie Intake Eat a variety of foods that are low in calories but high in nutrients — check the label on the foods you eat. Eat less fat and fewer high-fat foods. Eat smaller portions and limit second helpings of foods high in fat and calories. Eat more vegetables and fruits without fats and sugars added in preparation or at the table. Eat pasta, rice, breads, and cereals without fats and sugars added in preparation or at the table. Eat less sugar and fewer sweets like candy, cookies, cakes, and soda.

Eat Plenty of Grains, Vegetables, and Fruits Grain products, vegetables, and fruits are key parts of a varied diet. They are emphasised in this guideline because they provide vitamins, minerals, complex carbohydrates (starch and dietary fibre), and other substances that are important for good health. They are also generally low in fat, depending on how they are prepared and what is added to them at the table.

Fibre Fibre is found only in plant foods like whole-grain breads and cereals, beans and peas, and other vegetables and fruits. Because there are different types of fibre in foods, choose a variety of foods daily. Eating a variety of fibre-containing plant foods is important for bowel function, can reduce symptoms of chronic constipation, and haemorrhoids, and may lower the risk for heart disease and some cancers.

Choose a Diet Low in Fat, Saturated Fat, and Cholesterol Some dietary fat is needed for good health. Fats supply energy and essential fatty acids and promote absorption of the fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E, and K. Many people continue to eat high-fat diets. This guideline emphasises the continued importance of choosing a diet with less total fat, saturated fat, and cholesterol.

Avoid High-Fat Foods Some foods and food groups are higher in fat than others. Fats and oils, and some types of desserts and snack foods that contain fat provide calories but few other


nutrients. Many foods in the milk group and in the meat and beans group (which includes eggs and nuts, as well as meat, poultry, and fish) are also high in fat, as are some processed foods in the grain group. Fat, whether from plant or animal sources, contains more than twice the number of calories of an equal amount of carbohydrate or protein. Choose a diet that provides no more than 30 percent of total calories from fat. The upper limit on the grams of fat in your diet will depend on the calories you need. Cutting back on fat can help you consume fewer calories. For example, at 2,000 calories per day, the suggested upper limit of calories from fat is about 600 calories (65 grams of fat x 9 calories per gram = about 600 calories). Source https://www.factmonster. com/math-science/health/fitnessnutrition/you-are-what-you-eat

Plant-Based diet A plant-based diet is any diet that focuses around foods derived from plant sources. This can include fruit, vegetables, grains, pulses, legumes, nuts and meat substitutes such as soy products. People often have different interpretations of what ‘plant-based’ eating looks like.

Ask Q


I am worried about a friend who is struggling financially. I have been concerned for a while, as she seemed to be avoiding coming to activities she used to enjoy like meeting our other friends for coffee and cinema trips. She recently admitted that she could no longer afford to join us as she had money difficulties and was in debt. Is there any help or advice she can get?


The sooner you encourage your friend to seek help the better. Some people find it embarrassing or become overwhelmed by their debts but there are many sources of free confidential, independent help around. A debt adviser can help her to budget or find other solutions to deal with her finances and will be non-judgemental and completely confidential. They will assess her needs and explore all options available to your friend. The advisor will help complete a financial statement based on your friend’s income and expenditure. She will then have an idea of whether there is excess money to put towards paying off debts. If there is no excess money, there will be options to consider for dealing with the debts. Some advisors are able to negotiate with creditors for your friend or will advise her of how to contact them to arrange to re pay money owed. While your friend is waiting for an appointment with a debt advisor, she should continue to pay her priority debts such as mortgage, rent, council tax, utility bills and any secured loans. It is important to make sure she keeps a roof over her head. Your friend should ensure that she is receiving any benefits she may be entitled to so she is able to pay her priority debts. Age UK Bucks can help with this or use our benefits calculator at ageuk.org.uk/benefits-check. She may be entitled to claim housing benefit or Council Tax support. She can also look at saving money by switching energy provider for example.

Useful Organisations Citizens Advice offer free confidential and independent advice - 0344 411 1444 www.citizensadvice.org.uk Debt Advice Foundation 0800 043 40 50 www.debtadvicefoundation.org.uk National Debtline- 0808 808 4000 www.nationaldebtline.org. StepChange Debt Charity 0800 138 111 www.stepchange.org.uk

For more in depth information, AgeUk have a Factsheet – Dealing with Debt. There is also a booklet available – Getting Help with Debt. These can be found on our website or contact us and we can provide these for you. If you have any issues, queries questions you would like to ask our Julie here at AgeUK Bucks, please do ask in confidence. Names will not be published and all matters will be dealt with in the strictest of confidence. You can send your email subject ‘ask julie’ To age@ageukbucks.org.uk

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Laughter! YES! It really IS

the best medicine. It’s fun to share a good laugh. Did you know that it can actually improve your health! It draws people together in ways that trigger healthy physical and emotional changes in the body. Laughter strengthens your immune system, boosts your mood, diminishes pain, and protects you from the damaging effects of stress. Nothing works faster to bring your mind and body back into balance than a good laugh. Humour is well known to lighten your burdens, to help inspire you, connects you to others, and keeps you grounded, focused, and alert. It also helps you release anger and forgive sooner. As children, we used to laugh hundreds of times a day, but as adults, life tends to be more serious and laughter more infrequent. By

seeking out more opportunities for humour and laughter, you can improve your emotional health, strengthen your relationships, find greater happiness — and even add years to your life. Laughter is very good for your health Laughter relaxes the whole body. A good, hearty laugh relieves physical tension and stress, leaving your muscles relaxed for up to 45 minutes after. Laughter boosts the immune system. Laughter decreases stress hormones and increases immune cells and infection-fighting antibodies, thus improving your resistance to disease. Laughter triggers the release of endorphins, the body’s natural feel-good chemicals. Endorphins promote an overall sense of well-being and can even temporarily relieve pain.

Laughter protects the heart. Laughter improves the function of blood vessels and increases blood flow, which can help protect you against a heart attack and other cardiovascular problems. Laughter burns calories. OK, so it’s no replacement for going to the gym, but one study found that laughing for 10 to 15 minutes a day can burn approximately 40 calories — which could be enough to lose three or four pounds over the course of a year. Laughter lightens anger’s heavy load. Looking at the funny side can put problems into perspective and enable you to move on from confrontations without holding onto bitterness or resentment.

We love to laugh. Why not tell us something funny!

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The Great Outdoors Spring has sprung oh, what a lovely time of year. But what makes it SO lovely?


he majority of us probably spent the Wintery months in the house and sheltered all snug from the cold. And, rightfully so.

With this, you will begin to see trees and plants start to grow, and animals will be starting to have their babies during this season.

During a cold snap, the weather has been pretty harsh so we naturally want to hibernate, ourselves.

Something else to look out for are the spring bulbs, the new flowers emerging from the soil and come into flower mid to late spring.

So, after the long, cold winter what makes Spring so wonderful? The sunshine. The first glimpse, those rays of light even on a chilly frosty day. The sun makes you feel happy, it boosts your energy and makes you feel good. It has the feel good factor and is your best source of vitamin D. Which you need some source of that after many months of no exposure to sunshine during the winter months.

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Beautiful flowers to look out for include The yellow Daffodil,the colourful Crocus and the Tulips, Hyacinth, the yellow Winter Aconite, the Bluebell, to name but a few.

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Return of the Big Knit 2020 Ted Hat

YOU WILL ALSO NEED • A pair of 4mm (UK8 / US6) Pony knitting needles • A 4mm (UK8 / US G/6) Pony crochet hook

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Let’s Get T@lKing! Real letters from real Engage readers. Dear AgeUK Bucks,

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WE want to hear from you! All letters/emails are kept 100% confidential. If you have any letters/ stories/memories/ even handy hints and help around the home that you would like to send in for our letters page then please send them to the Editor. C.Cunningham-Oakes AgeUK Buckinghamshire 145 Meadowcroft Aylesbury HP19 9HH

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As a new volunteer with Age UK, I remember the very first time I visited an elderly person, to assist with the completion of the Attendance Allowance form. The lady was 93 years old, lived on her own and had a wide range of health issues. However, our conversation soon turned to the problem she was having with frequent and unwelcome phone calls. She said ‘ A very persistent young man phoned me and tried to persuade me to buy an investment bond so as to secure my ‘future’.

Dear Grace, Thank you very much for your letter. Sorry to hear that you have struggled with poor health over the years. It is fantastic that you are remaining as active as you can be despite limitations. We are delighted to hear that our home help service has been of great help to you. If you need any assistance with anything please do reach out to us and give us a call on 01296 431911 AgeUK Bucks

I’m 93! I told him, ‘At my age, I don’t even buy green bananas.’ So, I see volunteering very much as a two way benefit. I meet a wide variety of people with a diverse range of difficulties, both mental and physical. Hopefully, I’ll be able to help them access a regular financial award, that will make their lives a little easier. In return, I get a huge amount of satisfaction and hear some very funny stories! As the 93 year old lady told me - laughing can make you live longer....

Dear AgeUK Bucks I have recently retired and am enjoying the life of not having to work. At long last! However, I do miss the camaraderie of the work environment. I now have the spare time to dedicate to hobbies and wanted to know if you could recommend anywhere where people of a similar age group to myself go to as well. I am in my later 60’s and live in Aylesbury. Alan

Dear AgeUK Bucks

Dear Alan,

My name is Grace and I am 85 years old. When my health is good, I am quite able bodied and consider myself reasonably active for my age, despite struggling a bit in the past with poor health.

Congratulations on the retirement! I can most certainly recommend a great website where you can attend socials, and events and activities for your age group.

Thank you for your letter.

(I have my good days and my bad days) What I wanted to write in about was to praise you for your home help service which I sometimes have to rely on on those bad days when I really do struggle.

There is https: //communityimpactbucks.org.uk and another great website featuring activities, events and socials in and around Aylesbury is https://bopag.org.uk

Without these services I would find life very difficult as I have no one. So, thank you.

You will find a vast variety of activities on both websites.


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Have you made a Will? Do you want to learn more?

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Engage AgeUK Buckinghamshire Spring 2020  

Engage AgeUK Buckinghamshire Spring 2020. Packed full of stories, readers letters, the big quiz, interesting articles, help and contacts inf...

Engage AgeUK Buckinghamshire Spring 2020  

Engage AgeUK Buckinghamshire Spring 2020. Packed full of stories, readers letters, the big quiz, interesting articles, help and contacts inf...