Supporting older people across Somerset is one of our key priorities, as we have one of the highest older populations in the UK. With large rural areas we recognise it is especially important to ensure this does not lead to isolation which can in turn affect your overall health and wellbeing.
We do this in various ways, by:
working in partnership with other local organisations
listening to the views of older people
meeting local priorities
ensuring we play our part in implementing strategies that support the older population. Examples of these include Falls and Bone Health, Assistive Technology and Dementia Strategies, all designed around the needs of Somerset residents.
We work closely with the Somerset Active Living Network to support you to remain independent for as long as you can and ensure advice and information on how to stay fit and well is available. There are over 100 Active Living groups across Somerset mainly led by volunteers within their communities – for more information go to the useful links on this page.
Our health is influenced by many factors which become more complex as we get older and we recognise how important it is to ensure you can access support for emotional and mental wellbeing as well as physical health issues.
Things that can impact on our health and wellbeing include:
It is important that you know where you can get help across Somerset and who can provide support.
If you would like further information on any of the topics mentioned on this and the other pages in this section, please contact:
Health Promotion Manager - Older People
Somerset BA22 8HR
Tel: 01935 385048