The last year has impacted all of us, but older generations have been hit particularly hard – whether it’s being stuck in isolation for months on end or facing long health battles. So, as we slowly ease out of the latest lockdown, it’s never been more important to ensure everyone is living well in later life – and we’re discussing ways to achieve this in our Shout!Podcast this week.
Communities Development Lead Clare Hannaford discusses the challenges our older generations in the fire service have faced over the last year, including feelings of social isolation and loneliness, and how our virtual Living Well Groups have helped many connect with each other and socialise from afar.
We also join a virtual group where three beneficiaries share how they have found the sessions “exceptionally useful”, while helping them socialise with like-minded others following difficult times.
Finally, out psychologist Louise Lawton discusses the importance of movement later in life – revealing how getting active can prove hugely beneficial to our physical and mental health – while sharing some simple ways to add activity to your every day.
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