Celebrating older people in Surrey communities
October 1st was National Older People's Day in the UK. In fact the event was marked all over the world, and has been since 1990 when the United Nations voted to establish October 1st as the International Day of Older Persons.
Each year it's an opportunity to take time to reflect on, and celebrate, the contribution of older people in our communities. As a nation we're living longer - it's estimated that by 2035, almost a quarter of the UK population will be aged 65 and over. With advances in medicine and healthcare, more and more people are living healthy and active lives well into their 70s, 80s and beyond. But ageing does of course bring its challenges. Conditions such as arthritis and osteoporosis can lead to mobility problems, and the effects of serious illness like stroke or heart disease can also make it difficult for elderly people to retain independence in their homes.
Here at Tendacare it's our mission to help older people keep their independence and sense of dignity by providing support and homecare in Ashtead, Epsom and the surrounding area. We offer all kinds of services including making meals, personal care and bathing, shopping, attending appointments, and light housework. But just as importantly for those clients who are living alone, we provide company and conversation to break up what can be a long and uneventful day. Our clients often tell us how much they look forward to our visits, and equally we enjoy getting to know them. Many have fascinating stories to tell about their younger lives and careers, sharing vivid memories of the London Blitz, or family life under rationing, or the way in which our local area has changed over the years. And of course there are the nuggets of wisdom that only age and experience can bring!
There's no doubt in our minds that older people should be celebrated for their achievements and contribution to our society. To mark National Older People's Day this month, why not take an hour or two to visit an elderly relative or friend? And should you wish to volunteer to help older people, there are many charities and support groups you could get in touch with. Age UK Surrey can help point you in the right direction, and can be contacted on 01483 503414, or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you're thinking of homecare services for yourself or a loved one, why not give us a call on 01372 272240 to chat about the options? Or pop into our Ashtead office
where our friendly staff will be happy to advise you.