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AGE UK BUCKINGHAMSHIRE NEWS + HELPFUL WINTER ADVICE + MUCH MORE INSIDE


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Foreword No one should have no Christmas Day from the CEO. . . . . . . . 05 one to turn to . . . . . . . 12 Lunches. . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Our new winter campaign

Details of free lunches

to end loneliness. on Christmas Day for Welfare benefits: lonely older people. Help for winter.. . . . . . 06 We take a look at our The Big Knit. . . . . . . . . 13 Welfare benefits service. News about our new Winter Recipes. . . . . . . 17 campaign for The Staff and Volunteers. . 08 Big Knit 2018/19. Meet some of our staff and volunteers and find Government strategy out what they do. for loneliness. . . . . . . . 14 News about the new strategy Services. . . . . . . . . . . . 09 for loneliness launched Details on our services and by the government. how they can help you.

Two lovely warming recipes to make this winter.

Winter Wordsearch. . . 18 A fun wordsearch to complete.

Useful Contact Numbers . . . . 19

In your area. . . . . . . . . 15 Numbers you may Staying warm, Events and classes in find helpful. staying well. . . . . . . . . 10 Buckinghamshire. Information and tips Ask Julie. . . . . . . . . . . . 22 on how to stay warm and well this winter.

Check out this issues questions for Julie.

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Foreword from the CEO Welcome to our winter edition of Engage and I do hope that you are keeping warm and safe during the winter months. Winter can be a worrying time for many older people across our community as worries about the cost of heating, getting shopping when it is icy and cold or being alone for longer periods arise. At Age UK Buckinghamshire we support people who have these concerns every day. So please read the information that we have included in this magazine and do not hesitate to contact us and ask for help.

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In partnership with other local Age UK’s across the country, we have now launched our annual winter campaign. This year the focus is that “No one should have no one to turn to”. Many people contact us as a last report to ask for help. We want people to contact us at the earliest opportunity as many small problems can become bigger problems without the right advice and support.

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Thank you to everybody who has supported The Big Bag Challenge, helping us to raise funds through our charity shop in Aylesbury. We have received some amazing items that we can sell leading up to the Christmas period. We have found it increasingly difficult to keep up with the growing competition of local charity shops within the town centre and after careful consideration we have made the difficult decision to close

the shop after Christmas. I would like to sincerely thank our staff, volunteers, donors and customers for your support over the last 4 years and hope that you can continue to support us in other ways. As the festive season approaches, I would like to wish everyone safe and happy seasonal greetings. Please remember that Christmas can be a difficult time for many who may be alone, have lost a loved one or are experiencing health problems. We have included information on a number of venues where people can go along and enjoy great food and company on Christmas Day (page 16). I hope you enjoy reading this Engage magazine and as always please feed your comments and suggestions of articles for the future. With best wishes

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Spotlight:

We give information and advice about benefit entitlement for people over 60.

Welfare Benefits

The Age UK Buckinghamshire Welfare Benefits team can give information and advice about benefit entitlement for older people by telephone. We will help you find out if you are claiming all the welfare benefits you are entitled to. Following this assessment, we can arrange for one of our trained volunteers to visit you at home to give advice and to fill in benefit application forms on your behalf. This service is therefore accessible to everyone over the age of 60. Last year we visited over 280 clients and helped claim over £1.6 million in benefits.

We can help with:

Attendance Allowance: for people over 65 who need help at home because of an illness or disability. You could receive either £57.30 a week if you need help either in the day or at night, or £85.60 a week if you need help both day and at night. Pension Credit: a means-tested benefit for people on a low income who have reached the Pension Credit qualifying age. Pension Credit has two parts – Guarantee Pension Credit and Savings Pension Credit. You may be able to get one or both parts depending on your circumstances.

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Carers Allowance: a benefit for people who are giving regular and substantial care to disabled people in their own homes. Carer’s Allowance is paid at £64.60 a week and is a taxable benefit and forms part of your taxable income. Personal Independence Payment (PIP): is a benefit for people aged 16 - 64 who may need help with daily activities or getting around because of a longterm illness or disability. It has two parts - a daily living component and a mobility component. If you are awarded PIP before you’re 65, you’ll continue to receive it after age 65. You can still make a claim if you are working.

How to access our welfare benefits service You can find out more about our welfare benefits service in a number of ways: By phone: 01296 431 911 By email: age@ageukbucks. org.uk On our website: www.ageukbucks. org.uk where you can download a welfare benefits referral form.

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Help with heating costs: a warmer home this winter Many of us worry about rising fuel costs but not heating our homes properly puts us at risk of cold-related illnesses such as a heart attack, a stroke or even hypothermia (see page 6 for advice on how to keep warm). Here are some benefits you may be entitled to this winter:

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Cold Weather Payment

Cold Weather Payments are made to eligible people when the weather is very cold. You can get an extra £25 a week when the average temperature in your area has been, or is expected to be, 0ºC (32ºF) or below for seven days in a row between November and March. You should automatically receive a Cold Weather Payment if you are eligible.

Warm Home Discount

If you receive Pension Credit or you’re on a low income you may be entitled to a Warm Home Discount. This is money taken off your electricity bill by your energy supplier. It’s a one-off discount usually made between October and March. Check with your energy supplier or ask an advice agency such as Age UK. To find out more, visit www.gov.uk/the-warmhome-discount-scheme.

You will qualify if you get Pension Credit or certain other benefits. Contact the Pension Service if you think you should have received a Cold Weather Payment but did not.

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Winter Fuel Payment is an annual payment to help with heating costs, made to households that include someone born before 6th November 1953. In 2017/18 the annual payments were: • £200 if you were born after 24 September 1937 • £300 if you were born before 25 September 1937

These amounts will be paid again in winter 2018/19 unless there are changes in the law before then. You will usually get less if you live with other people who also qualify. You usually get a Winter Fuel Payment automatically if you get the State Pension or Pension Credit. If you don’t receive the State Pension or Pension Credit but may be eligible, you will need to make a claim. To ask about your payment or to make a claim, call the Winter Fuel Payment Centre on 0800 731 0160. Alternatively, you can download the claim form from www. gov.uk/winter-fuelpayment/how-to-claim.

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Staff and Volunteers We are always happy to welcome new members of staff and volunteers to our hard working team. In the last 3 months, we have welcomed 20 new female and 5 new male befriending volunteers.

was an opportunity I jumped at! I felt I could promote Home Helpers as I had plenty of experience being one. Though it is different being back in the office again, I work with an amazing team of people and I get to promote the value and importance of our Home Helpers.”

Zoe Stephenson recently joined our staff team as Help in the Home Co-ordinator. Zoe says: “I started off as a Home Helper so being offered the Help in the Home CoOrdinator position

Our Help in the Home service can assist with general cleaning, vacuuming, laundry, shopping and prescription collections. You choose which tasks your home helper carries out for you each week, supporting you to remain in control of keeping your home the way you like it to be. Lara Alley has been a Befriending volunteer since 2015. Lara says: “I was introduced to my first “friend” Stella in 2015 and I have been visiting her every week since then. I decided to start doing the befriending as I wanted to do some charitable work that was flexible. Stella and I have become firm friends. We have similar interests and both love

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so I became a befriender for Age UK Bucks. I visit a single man in his nineties who has no family and who was born and bred in Aylesbury. His memory is excellent and I enjoy listening and learning from him as I am not from this area…he is the teacher and I am the student! Mike Budd joined us this year as a Befriending volunteer. Mike says: “As an elderly retired man I wanted to do something for elderly people in my local community, a trip to the local garden centre and a nice cuppa tea and biscuits! It was a special birthday for Stella in December 2017 so we decided to go celebrate with a beautiful afternoon tea at a local Manor House. With Stella not getting out very often, she really loved it and we plan to go again! I would encourage everyone to become a friend to someone via Age UK Bucks, it is a wonderful service.’’

I really enjoy going to visit him and it is good for me as a befriender to bring some human contact into the life of someone who has precious little social interaction.”

If you are interested in volunteering or using one of our services, contact us by phone: 01296 431 911 or by email: age@ageukbucks. org.uk. There is also information on our website: www.ageukbucks. org.uk.

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Hairdressing

Handyperson Service

Finding it difficult to get to the hairdressers?

A service to help you maintain your home.

Our Hairdressing service is a mobile service providing a wide range of treatments, reasonably priced and adapted to meet the needs of older people. Our hairdressers cover most parts of the county. This service is available to people of all ages.

The aim of our Handyperson service is to enable older people in Buckinghamshire to remain in control of their home and their independence. If you have simple DIY jobs around the house that need doing our Handyperson service may be able to help.

Neat Feet Footcare Providing toenail cutting and general footcare

We can direct you to local Footcare services for older people and people with a physical disability who can no longer manage to cut their own toenails. If you struggle to trim your toenails and you would like someone come to your home and cut them at a time that suits you, we can help.

Help in the Home Do you need help around the home?

Our Home Helpers can assist with general cleaning, vacuuming, laundry, shopping and prescription collections. You choose which tasks your Home Helper For more carries out for you each information call: week, supporting you to 01296 431911 or email: remain in control of age@ageukbucks.org.uk keeping your home the Information can also be way you like it to be. found on our website: www.ageukbucks. org.uk

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To help you stay well, it’s important to keep warm, follow as healthy a lifestyle as you can, and have a flu jab.

Staying warm, staying well Even if it is not a severe winter, cold weather makes us more vulnerable to certain illnesses. Follow these tips to stay healthy, and keep warm this winter.

Keeping warm indoors • If you are sitting down, a shawl or blanket will provide a lot of warmth. Try to keep your feet propped up, as the air is cooler at ground level. • Wear warm clothes in bed and, when it is very cold, wear thermal underwear, bed socks and even a hat – you lose a lot of heat through your head. • Use a hot-water bottle, wheat bag or an electric blanket to warm the

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bed, but never use a hot-water bottle and an electric blanket together. • Check whether your electric blanket can be kept on all night or whether it’s only designed to warm the bed before you get in. If you have any continence difficulties, talk to your doctor before using one.

Keeping warm outdoors

• Make sure you keep your hands and face warm. As well as wearing

gloves and a hat, always wrap a scarf around your face when you go out in cold weather, even for short intervals. This helps to warm up the air you breathe in. If your hands and face get cold this can cause a rise in blood pressure, which puts you at risk of a heart attack. • Several thin layers of clothing will keep you warmer than one thick layer, as the layers trap warm air between them. Start with thermal underwear, warm tights or wool socks. • Keep your feet warm. As with your hands and

face, cold feet can trigger a potentially dangerous rise in blood pressure. Choose boots with nonslip soles and a warm lining, or wear thermal socks. These boots not only keep your feet warm, they also keep you safe if the ground is slippery. • Check local news and weather reports for advice when bad weather is forecast.

Protect yourself against chilblains

Chilblains are itchy, red swellings that occur when your skin gets cold and you try to warm up too quickly, often by sitting

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close to an open fire, a radiator or heater. Dab the swellings with calamine or witch hazel to reduce itching, but don’t scratch them as this could cause an infection. Speak to your pharmacist for advice on treating chilblains and see your GP if you get chilblains regularly or have diabetes.

Keep moving

• Staying active is not only essential for your general wellbeing and fitness – it also generates heat and helps to keep you warm. When you are indoors, try not to sit still for more than an hour. Get up and walk around and spread out any chores throughout the day. • If walking is difficult you can do chairbased exercises while sitting or holding on to the back of a chair. Even moving your arms and legs and wiggling your toes can help you keep warm.

Eat well

• Hot meals and drinks help to keep you warm, so eat at least one hot meal each day and have hot drinks during the day. • Having a hot drink before going to bed

and keeping one in a flask by your bedside are good ideas to stay warm and hydrated. Include a good range of foods in your diet and aim to eat five portions of fruit and vegetables each day, so that you are getting plenty of nutrients and vitamins. It is important to eat enough, especially in winter. Not eating enough and becoming underweight is bad for your health as it makes it more difficult to keep warm and fight infections.

Have a seasonal flu jab If you’re aged 65 and over, the Government recommends that you have a flu jab, which is free for everyone aged 65+. Flu viruses are always changing, so you need a jab every year, using the latest vaccine. Flu isn’t only unpleasant, it can also develop into pneumonia, which can be serious.

Check you have had a ‘pneumo’ jab

The ‘pneumo’ (or pneumococcal) jab is a one-off vaccination that helps protect you against pneumonia, meningitis and septicaemia (a type of blood poisoning). Ask your GP about it if you’re aged 65 and over, and haven’t had one.

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No one should have no one to turn to

Winter Campaign

Right now, 2.65 million older people in the UK feel they have no one to turn to for help and support. Join us in helping lonely older people in Buckinghamshire.

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veryone has to face many challenges in later life, but these are so much harder to bear if you are facing them alone. These include coping with bereavement, tackling loneliness, getting the social care you need and managing health problems like dementia. A survey found that almost a quarter of older people in the South East of England who felt they had no one to turn to said this left them feeling lonely (24 per cent), whilst almost one in five felt isolated (19 per cent)

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and almost one in six depressed (15 per cent). That is why we are urging people to support our campaign “No one should have no one to turn to” and donate to help ensure that our essential services, such as the free information and advice, befriending plus and welfare benefits can continue to be there for older people facing the challenges of later life alone in Buckinghamshire. Bernadette Ashcroft, CEO of Age UK Buckinghamshire said:

We have a rapidly ageing population and it is heart-breaking to think that more than two and a half million older people feel they have no one to go to for help. The fact is that getting older can be really tough and however resilient you are, it’s important to know someone will always be there for you, come what may. That’s what we aim to be for older people at Age UK Buckinghamshire and we know it makes a huge difference, especially for those with literally no one else they feel they can ask for help.

Please donate to help us to help lonely older people in Buckinghamshire this winter: Donate online: www.ageukbucks.org.uk Donate by cheque: If you would like to write us a cheque, please make it payable to Age UK Buckinghamshire and send it to our office: Age UK Buckinghamshire, 145 Meadowcroft, Aylesbury, Bucks, HP19 9HH. Text donate: Text AUKB44 £10 OR AUKB44 £5 to 70070 to donate to our winter 2018 campaign.

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The Big Knit is back!

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e are happy to announce that after the success of previous years, Age UK Buckinghamshire will once again be taking part in The Big Knit with Innocent! Our hat target for this year is 3820 hats and we receive 25p from each hat, which we use to fund vital services for older people in Buckinghamshire.

The 2018/2019 campaign timings:

January 2019: The first batch of hats need to be sent to Innocent – so if you have hats waiting, please sent them to us by Friday 4th January! July 2019: The second and final batch of hats needs to be with

us! Please get these to us by Friday 26th July. Please send all hats to: Age UK Buckinghamshire, 145 Meadowcroft, Aylesbury, Bucks, HP19 9HH.

Want to be involved?

We are always looking for new knitters to be involved in this wonderful campaign. If you would like to get knitting for us, then please contact Chantelle Henderson by emailing: chenderson@ ageukbucks.org.uk or by calling 01296 431911. We have many wonderful patterns that we can send to you, so please get in touch!

Apple hat

beginner pattern by Juliet Bernard Yarn: Green and brown DK with some red and black for embroidery Needles: 4mm Hat: • Cast on 31 sts in green • Beginning with a knit row continue in st st for 14 rows • Next row: k2tog to last st, k1 (16sts) • Next row: purl • Next row: k2tog to end (8sts) • Change to brown • Next row: p2tog 4 times then work an icord for 6 rows. • Next row: K2tog twice. (2sts) • Next row: k2tog and fasten off

Leaf: • CO 3 st in green • Row 1: kfb k1 kfb (5sts) • Row 2: purl • Row 3: k2 m1, k1, m1, k2 (7sts) • Row 4: purl • Row 5: knit • Row 6: purl • Row 7: k1, ssk, k1, k2tog, k1 (5sts) • Row 8: purl • Row 9: ssk, k1, k2tog (3sts) Making up: • Use a sewing needle to join side seams and sew in the ends. • Attach the leaf to the stalk. Embroider eyes and mouth in black and apple cheeks in red. Abbreviations: • St(s) - stitch(es) • st st - stocking stitch • k2tog - knit two together

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The government vs loneliness On 15th October 2018, the government announced their first ever strategy on loneliness. The strategy will enable GPs across England to refer lonely patients to community activities like cookery classes, walking clubs and art groups by 2023. This is called ‘social prescribing’ and will mean doctors can try to improve their patients’ wellbeing through activities rather than medicine.

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rime Minister Theresa May announced £1.8 million to increase community spaces by transforming underused areas and creating new community cafés, arts spaces and gardens. With the number of over 50s suffering from loneliness being set to reach 2 million by 2025/6, the implementation of this strategy cannot come soon enough.

‘‘We welcome the government’s new strategy and support its commitment to tackling loneliness as a major public health problem. It is a real step in the right direction, says Caroline Abrahams, Charity Director at Age UK. ‘‘We hope that the government continues to show leadership in tackling loneliness and that this strategy is able to harness the political and public energy to really challenge what has become a devastating

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and distressing reality for so many people.’’ Bernadette Ashcroft, CEO of Age UK Buckinghamshire says, “In today’s society, loneliness is having a negative impact on the lives of many people across Buckinghamshire. Loneliness does not discriminate against age, culture, geography or wealth. Here at Age UK Buckinghamshire we see the devastating effects that long and enduring isolation can have on the lives of older people. We also see that little things such as a weekly visit from one of our volunteer befrienders and information about community activities can help to improve a sense of belonging and happiness. We welcome this new loneliness strategy and look forward to seeing it helping communities in Buckinghamshire and nationwide.’’

The Silver Line The Silver Line is a free, confidential helpline for isolated older people, open 24 hours a day, every day of the year. It was started by Dame Esther Rantzen in November 2013 in response to the huge reaction she received when she wrote about the loneliness she suffered after the death of her husband. Just five years later, the helpline has received more than two million calls from older people all over the UK, many who have no one else to turn to, some who call

just to say “goodnight”. The service is often there when no-one else is; with 75% of calls received in the evenings and at weekends. Over one million people over-65 in the UK say they are always, or often lonely. The Silver Line Helpline is open 24 hours a day and you can call them on: 0800 4 70 80 90. You can also see more information on their website: https://www. thesilverline.org.uk

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In your Area

Better Balance Classes By Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust

C Lipreading and Managing Hearing Loss Classes Gerrards Cross:

Every Tuesday: 12.30-14.30 or 15.00-17.00. Classes held at the Memorial Centre, East Common, SL9 7AD

Wendover:

Every Friday: 11.00-13.00 or 13.30-15.30. Classes held in the Community Room at Wendover Library in the High Street, HP22 6DU

Contact: Judy Perry: 07837 993923 or judy.lipreading@ gmail.com

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All the classes are mixed ability, the cost for a 10 week term is £90, or pro rata if starting part way through the term. New students get the first class for free and without obligation. There are three 10-week terms, the spring term will start mid-January. In the classes, coping strategies and equipment available are discussed as well as learning the basics of lipreading.

lass is a group based exercise programme for people who have a history of falls or feel they are at risk of hurting themselves from a fall at home. Participation in the exercises in the class can help improve strength, balance and flexibility, which will help you build confidence in carrying out everyday activities. The classes are divided into Level 1 (weeks 1 to 12 or beginners level) and Level 2 (weeks 13 – 36 or advanced level). Level 1 classes run weekly for 12 weeks. Each session lasts about 1.5 hours, which includes the exercise followed by refreshments and an education session. When you arrive for the class you will be welcomed by the Postural Stability Instructor and their assistant, the rehab

support worker. The exercise component lasts an hour and starts with a gentle warm up. Within the first few weeks of the class you will be given a programme of exercises for you to carry out at home in between classes. The Better Balance classes are run countywide from areas including High Wycombe, Amersham to Aylesbury and Buckingham. You will be added to a class closest to your home location. They may be able to assist with transport costs for anyone who doesn’t have access to transport to attend the classes. Contact: Amersham Hopsital: 01494 434411 Stoke Mandeville Hospital: 01296 315000 Wycombe Hospital: 01494 526161 Email: bht.pals@nhs.net

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10 Top Tips Christmas for

Day lunch

Gardening in Buckinghamshire

Aylesbury (FREE):

St Mary’s Church, Town Centre, Aylesbury, HP20 2JJ. 12pm – 3pm Contact: 01296 437641 (between 10am – 2pm Mon-Fri) to book your place and request transport. Further information: www. freechristmasdinner.com

Chesham (FREE):

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and www.allaboutallotments.co.uk

The Douglas McMinn Centre, East St, Chesham, HP5 1DG. 11.30am – 3pm Contact: 01494 774842 or admin@chesham.gov. uk to book your place. Open to older residents from Chesham, Little Chalfont and Amersham.

High Wycombe (FREE):

St Andrew’s Church, Hatters Lane, High Wycombe, HP13 7NJ. Contact: 01494 529668 (ring between 9.30am – 1pm MonFri) or email: office@ standrewshw.co.uk. Please book your place as soon as possible and advise of any dietary requirements. Transport available in High Wycombe.

Thame (FREE):

Masonic Hall, 14 High Street, Thame, OX9 2BZ.12pm – 3pm Contact: Kathy Thomas on 01844 217413 or 07747095563 to book your place and arrange transport.

Further information: www.community christmasthame.org.uk Volunteers can take Christmas dinners out to people who are unable

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to get to the hall due to mobility issues. Volunteers will also sit with an isolated person on Christmas Day if they would like some company whilst they eat.

Amersham (Cost of £10):

The Croft – Care Home, The Penningtons, Amersham, Bucks, HP6 6EJ. 12pm – 4pm Reserve your space: 01494 732500 or TheCroft@ heritagecare.co.uk Includes: 3 course traditional Christmas lunch, a glass of Christmas cheer, carol singing and a present.

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Prep Time: 15 minutes Cooking Time: 5-7 hours in a slow cooker/2-3 in an oven Serves: 4

Ingredients

340g/12oz cubed meat, such as stewing beef, lamb, or chicken 1 onion, chopped 2 potatoes, cut into chunks 2 carrots, sliced 1 parsnip or swede, chopped 2 stock cubes: beef, lamb or chicken 2 tbsps of gravy granules or cornflour to thicken 500ml/20fl oz water, add more if required during cooking Dried mixed herbs, chilli powder and/or pepper to taste as required.

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• Place the meat and vegetables in the slow cooker, or an ovenproof casserole dish with lid. • Add the stock cubes to the boiling water and stir until dissolved. • Add gravy granules or cornflour to thicken slightly. • Pour the mixture into the pot and then add more boiling water so that all the meat and vegetables are covered. • Season as required, for an even warmer taste add ground black pepper or a little chilli powder. • Turn on the slow cooker and leave for 5–7 hours, or put the covered casserole dish in the oven for 2–3 hours at gas mark 6/200°C/400°F. • Stir occasionally and add more water and thickening granules or cornflour as required checking that the meat is tender and the vegetables are cooked through before serving.

Baked apple with raisins

This favourite recipe provides a warm dessert which is cooked in the oven alongside other dishes so it can be timed to be ready just after dinner, saving on fuel. Prep Time: 10 minutes Cooking Time: 50 minutes Serves: 1

Method

• Preheat the oven to gas mark 6/200°C/400°F. • Core the apple and score it with a sharp knife around the middle and place in a little water in an ovenproof dish. • Mix the butter, raisins and brown sugar together. • Stuff the mixture into the apple. • Place in the middle of the oven and cook for about 50 minutes or until soft. • Serve with custard or cream.

Ingredients 1 cored cooking apple 10g/½oz butter 25g/1oz raisins 1 tsp brown sugar

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Enjoy a complete nutritious meal all cooked in one pot with this warming stew.

Method

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Winter stew

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Useful Contact Numbers Subject/Query Safety & Security

Organisation Details Thames Valley Police

Contact Number Emergency 999. Non-emergency 101

Safeguarding

Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub

0800 137915

Scams

Trading Standards

0300 123 2329

Home Fire Risk Checks

Bucks & Milton Keynes Fire & Rescue

01296 744477

Health and Wellbeing Memory Concerns

Alzheimers Society Memory Support Team

01296 331749

Hearing or sight concerns

Bucks Integrated Sensory Service

01296 479970

Falls

Community Falls Team

0844 225 2403 / 01494 426868

Community Response & Reablement Team – all Social Services, Occupational Therapy and Needs Assessment

01296 383204

Telecare Equipment

01296 383774

Mobility Equipment Equipment Loans

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A festive warm welcome awaits you at Gracewell The season of goodwill is nearly here and at Gracewell of High Wycombe, we’ve put together some heart-warming festive events. Everyone is welcome to come and share the joys of the season with us. • Sunday 2nd 10am - 2pm: Classic Car Show • Monday 3rd 3pm: Christmas Tea Dance • Thursday 6th 2.30pm: Visit from Hearing Dogs for the Deaf • Thursday 20th 2.00pm: Festive Afternoon Tea and Fiona Harrison Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree • Sunday 23rd 11.30am: Carol Service with Holy Trinity Church • Friday 28th 2pm - 4pm monthly: Forget Me Not Café – Memories of 2018

Call us on 01494 292722 to book your place. Gracewell of High Wycombe (Lane End) The Row, Lane End, High Wycombe, Bucks HP14 3JS

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Ask Julie Q

Do you think it is necessary to bother with writing a will? I don’t have one as I am sure my family will be able to sort everything out when I pass away.

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It is important to make a will as this the only way you can be sure that your property, money and possessions – your estate – go to the people and causes you care about. Leaving a will can avoid any family arguments and remove any doubt about who will benefit from your estate. Even if someone has a partner that they have lived with for some time, the partner would have no right to inherit unless a will stated this.

Q A

If I did make one, can you advise me how I go about it?

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The steps you need to make:

• Value your estate. This includes all of your assets, such as property, savings, possessions, any pensions that pay out

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a lump sum on death, and investments. You need to look at any debts you have such as a mortgage, any equity release, loans or bank overdrafts. • Divide your estate. Whom do you want to benefit from your estate? You may want to leave specific gifts or possessions to people. You then need to decide to whom the remainder of your estate is to go to once all debts, funeral costs, expenses and taxes have been settled. • Choose your executors. These people will distribute your estate and is a responsible, and can be a time consuming, role. • Write your will. A lawyer is usually the best person to talk to and some specialise in wills and probate. The lawyer should be registered with a professional body such as the Solicitors Regulation Authority. You can also use a

Professional Will Writer but check that they are members of the Institute of Professional Will Writers if you decide to use one, as they are not qualified solicitors. Some banks offer a will writing service so it may be worth contacting your local branch to ask if they offer this and their charges. You can also buy forms from stationers and online to do the will yourself, although it can be easy to make a mistake or not be entirely clear about what you want, so it must be written and signed correctly. Your will also needs to be signed in the presence of two independent witnesses. Some charities offer Free Wills Month each year to encourage will making and charitable legacies.

The next one is in March 2019 - freewillsmonth. org.uk. Will aid is a similar scheme which runs in November each year – www.willaid.org.uk. Further information and advice can be found in the Age UK Factsheet, Number 7, – Making a Will and in our booklet ‘Wills and Estate planning’. These can be found on the website www.ageuk.org. uk or contact Age UK Buckinghamshire on 01296 431 911, and we can send you copies. Other useful numbers: Solicitors Regulation Authority – www.sra.org.uk. Tel 0307 606 2555 Solicitors For The Elderly – www.sfe.legal Tel 00844 567 6173 Institute of Professional Will writers – www.ipw.org.uk. Tel 0345 2572570

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If you think a care home is inevitable... Think again Dr Jim Morrisroe With an increasingly ageing population, you’d be forgiven for thinking that spending your twilight years in a residential care home is inevitable. Stick a pin in a map of South Bucks/ Chilterns and the chances are you’ll find one of the 50 plus residential care homes in the area. It’s the one thing that we’re not short of. But what happens if you’ve reached that stage in life where you need care, but the only home you want to live in is your own? What happens of you enjoy your independence and home comforts, but need a little help around the house, or with the shopping? And what happens if you have a child or young adult with a disability and need a break now and again? Well, the good news is that you now have a choice.

A More Caring Approach...

Eden Care at Home, based in Gerrards Cross offer quality care at home for you, or your loved one, whether a child, young adult or an elderly person. Eden care’s management team have more than 50 years in the care sector and was established by Dr Jim Morrisroe.

Unique care Plan

Eden Care is committed to making a difference, helping their clients achieve optimum levels of independence, health and well-being. Together with their clients and their clients’ families they create a unique, tailored care-package focusing on each client’s individual needs and aspirations.

Live-in care or respite breaks At Eden Care they believe that getting old should not automatically mean moving into a care home. Most elderly people prefer to retain their independence, home comforts, social network and dignity by remaining in their own homes. However, there are times when we all need a little extra help. Eden Care offer a range of support from personal care, to help within the home and can also assist with attending appointments, running errands or offering companionship. Whether you are looking for 24 hour support or a respite break from 30 minutes to a hour, up to 24 hours a day Eden Care can be there for you.


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Quarterly Magazine from Age UK Buckinghamshire

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Quarterly Magazine from Age UK Buckinghamshire

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