You will find some helpful information on managing your health on the NHS Choices website:
NHS Health links: Men - 60+ years
NHS Health links: Women - 60+ years
Seasonal Flu Vaccination Inflenza (flu) is a highly infectious and potentially serious illness caused by influenza viruses. Each year the make-up of the seasonal flu vaccine is designed to protect against the influenza viruses that the World Health Organization decide are most likely to be circulating in the coming winter.
Regular immunisation (vaccination) is given free of charge to people aged 65 or over.http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/Pneumococcal-immunisation/Pages/Introduction.aspx
Pneumococcal A pneumococcal infection can affect anyone. However, some groups of people have a higher risk of the infection developing into a serious health condition.
If you are 65 years of age or over you will need to have the pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine (PPV). This one-off vaccination will protect you against serious forms of pneumococcal infection.
Shingles Vaccination - Shingles can be very painful and uncomfortable. Some people are left with pain lasting for years after the initial rash has healed.
If you are aged 70 or 78 you are eligible to have the vaccination. Unlike the flu vaccination, you can receive the shingles vaccination at any time through the year.
Eating Well & Exercise - helping you maintain a healthy body
We're bombarded with scare stories about weight, from size zero to the obesity 'epidemic'. But a healthy body is determined by different factors for each of us.
NHS - Good Food Guide
Information on a healthy diet and ways to make it work for you
BBC Healthy Living - Nutrition
A good diet is central to overall good health, but which are the best foods to include in your meals, and which ones are best avoided? This section looks at the facts, to help you make realistic, informed choices
NHS - Why be active?
Even a little bit of exercise will make you feel better about yourself, boost your confidence and cut your risk of developing a serious illness.
BBC Healthy Living - Improve your levels of activity
Information and help for young and old about the benefits of increased physical activity & how to go about it!
We work with all patients with high blood pressure at any age, with the aim of preventing or limiting the occurrence of a stroke. We look closely at the patient’s history to help them understand their own risk of suffering a stroke, such as diet, smoking habits and family history.
We aim to identify problem areas and provide guidance to patients; encouraging them to take responsibility for their own wellbeing, emphasising factors within their control, such as smoking, alcohol, exercise, weight, diet, stress and relaxation. We run smoking cessation clinics and invite patients to meet with our health trainer to support their healthy lifestyle goals.
We will also advise on matters such as:
Compliance with medication when appropriate.
Assessment and appropriate management of overall cardiovascular risk.
Monitor and support as required
If results from baseline tests indicate specific risks for a patient, they will be addressed and monitored by their GP and nursing team
NHS Health Links: Stroke
Stroke Support: The Stroke Association
Memory loss does not necessarily mean you are suffering from dementia. It could be a symptom of another condition, so it is important to consult your GP at first, who may carry out assessments such as a simple conversation, memory tests, or blood tests (to rule out any other condition).
If your GP feels it is appropriate, you may be referred to the local memory clinic or the Community Psychiatric nurse (CPN) who will carry out a further assessment and if necessary, will refer you to a psychiatrist.
Other services include a local memory café, to which patients can self refer. Both patients diagnosed with dementia and their families/friends can visit, to support each other and share information and experiences. Health, Social Care and Carer Support professionals are also on hand to answer any questions and provide support as well as signpost to other services. Barnstaple Memory Cafe operates on a drop in basis and is open to all members of the general public. All you need to do is turn up and you will be welcomed by their staff and volunteers.
At Brannam Medical Centre we also support carers of people with dementia. We offer standard health checks, and guidance on support which can be gained via local voluntary services.
We have recently carried out an audit of dementia care in our local residential care homes, and as a follow-up, one of our GPs is now planning to review care on a six monthly basis.
NHS Health Links: Dementia
Dementia Support: Alzheimer's Society
Alzheimer's Society Leaflet: Worried about your memory?