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Elderly helped by social sessions

3rd May 2014

This news article is from Handicare UK. Articles that appear on this website are for information purposes only.

Organisers of social sessions for the elderly, being named Open House Ilkley, are hoping to make more elderly residents in the area aware of the activities and services they provide. The sessions act as a way to improve the social lives of those who otherwise may not feel comfortable leaving the comfort of their home, organising events such as elderly charity fashion shows and hand massage services, to name just a few.

Organisers of the social gathering for older people in the Ilkley area have been increasingly concerned about the drop in numbers as they worry that not enough people are aware of the sessions and fear that this will result in more elderly residents feeling isolated and alone in their homes. The sessions offer a chance for elderly residents to get out of the house and meet people, combatting isolation felt from a loss of mobility.

Heating overhaul

As many of the attendees feel the cold quite easily, the hall at Winter Garden, Station Road, is to receive a new heating system as a part of renovations taking place in August later this year, just in time for the winter period in a move to provide the service to the elderly throughout the colder winter months.

Services and activities that are part of the Open House Ilkley programme include an exercise class for arthritis sufferers and users of stairlifts for the elderly, which take place every second and fourth Friday of the month at 11am, as well as free hand massage sessions from time to time.

Open House Ilkley not only provides a social environment for local elderly residents, but also classes and activities to greatly benefit locals of such an age, such as the Happy Feet foot care services that are hoped to begin in May according to this article.

The social sessions offer Handicare powered rise and recliner chair users a great environment outside of the home and comfort of their mobility aids, which in conjunction with such public services can provide a full and independent lifestyle for the elderly.

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