SB Connect Winter 2016

Healthy long lives

Ruby Raine from Galashiels has her say during a meeting to consult on the Transforming Older People’s Services report

A handbook designed to help the over-50s stay healthy has been launched.

It contains a wealth of information to help people improve their own health and wellbeing along with advice on matters such as housing and finance.

The main sections are:
  • keeping healthy and well – including exercise, eating healthily, positive mental attitude, sexual health, continence care and adult learning

  • keeping safe and reducing risk of harm, for example preventing falls at home

  • financial, legal and housing matters

  • dealing with life changes such as caring for someone else, dementia, coping with bereavement, retiring, maintaining independence, assisted transport and staying mobile

  • contact details for various organisations.

Dr Eric Baijal, Director of Public Health, and Andrew Lowe, Director of Social Work, recently launched the handbook.

Dr Baijal said: “As we are all living longer, it is more essential than ever that we take an active interest in our own health.

“Although health problems do tend to increase with age, there is a great deal we can do to support our own independence by staying physically and mentally active. There are also many opportunities to stay involved and enjoy life by meeting new people and learning new skills.”


For more information

Copies of the free handbook can be found at Council contact centres, libraries, Citizens Advice Bureaux, community centres and health centres. Copies can also be viewed on the Council website or at


Excellent suggestions for older people

A wide-ranging report, which suggests ways of transforming services for older people, has attracted a large number of responses from local people – helping to shape the Council’s services over the next 10 years.

The public consultation for the Transforming Older People’s Services report included many public and staff meetings as well as wide circulation of the document.

Meetings were well attended and there has been a good rate of responses received both through the Council website and on paper, including some excellent suggestions. The consultation closed in October.

The next stage is to analyse, summarise and publish the views received. Elder Voice, an independent voluntary organisation representing older people in the Borders, has agreed to scrutinise the Council’s feedback summary before it is published. This process will be as clear as possible, so that people can see the views that were expressed and how the original proposals have been changed in the light of them.

The final proposals will be presented to Council in December.


For more information

Contact Barbara Harrison on 01835 825080.