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Christmas Gift Ideas to help someone you love Stay Mobile and Stay Connected

1 December

Ditch the Sloppy Slippers

Slippers, the name says it all really! High street-bought slippers often have thin soles and no fastenings, whereas slippers with fastenings and strong soles can provide enough support to reduce the risk of tripping and slipping. They may look less stylish but neither does hip surgery! The main things to consider when choosing slippers is that they should have a high back/collar to support the ankle – and a substantial, slip-resistant sole!

2 December

Christmas gifts to the rescue!

Taking out the bins is a high-risk time for falls – especially when it’s icy! Get elderly relatives rapid de-icers in manageable sizes that can make steps and paths safer and a bright outside light can really help. However, this is one chore which is better undertaken by someone with a very low risk of falling or fractures. If you live nearby – do this. If you don’t – consider paying a neighbour…..or be that good neighbour!

3 December

Extend ‘day’ – light hours

As our eyesight deteriorates in older age we rely on using brighter lighting around the home. But in winter it can be very dull outside even during the day; and dark so early and the new street lights are not as effective. We see cars and cyclists using headlights – why not pedestrians? Why not buy an older person you love a cosy ‘hat with a built in torch’!

4 December

Put Your Best Foot Forward

Good sturdy shoes and learning to do the Penguin Walk https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LHaWGibGwyk really helps reduce your risk of slipping on ice however some attachable grips such as YakTrax can give you or a loved one an extra secure foothold on icy pavements. They can be tricky to put on so build the offer of help into this gift!

5 December

Get the Grandparents On The Protein

Did you know 70%- 80% of our ability to produce and retain heat comes from our muscle mass. Older people can build up muscle mass well into their 90s with the right diet and strength and endurance exercises. You see how well its working for the Gym-buff teens so why not for older people? Consider treating them to foods containing protein such as:

6 December

Calling all Hipsters

It’s got to be one of the best kept fashion and lifestyle secrets. Did you know you could buy an elderly loved one ‘hip protectors’?! There isn’t a huge amount of scientific evidence about them – but then so few people know about them and they are often only issued once someone is in care, which is too late. We think they are worth a try!

7 December

Liquids for Life

People don’t drink enough fluids, particularly in older age, and even more so in winter. The perfect #XmasGiftIdea for your older relations is something that reminds them to drink enough fluids.

You might even remember to hydrate yourself! If you want to be fully ‘Roar’-ed and Hydrated you can buy a Roar Water bottle by calling 0141 889 7481

8 December

Illuminate your Loo

It doesn’t matter what age you are, when you need to visit the toilet during the night, almost no one turns on the light. However this becomes more dangerous as our eyesight and balance deteriorates. A huge number of falls happen during the night near the toilet. If we can fit motion sensor lights or even light up the toilet bowl this can help reduce falls.

9 December

Balance Booster

The best and only sustainable way to boost your balance is by doing exercises regularly however you can add a quick boost to your balance with the simple addition of ‘orthotic insoles’ to your shoes. Orthotic Insoles help reduce postural sway and can help reduce falls.

PS here is the science-y bit https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0966636211008137

10 December

Pull the Plug

As we age many of us start to suffer from arthritis in our hands making doing lots of everyday things more difficult. Many of us like to pull out sockets for safety at night. This simple item can make this easier for stiff hands

11 December

Driving Home For Christmas

If you, or a family member, are going to be collecting an older person to bring them to your home over the festive season then we urge you to have to have a think over what might go wrong – so you are prepared! We know of people who have tripped because of the handbag strap in the foot well, have been unable to swivel round out of unfamiliar vehicles. Here are two handy items to consider!

Swivel cushion to help swing round getting out of the car

12 December

Mobile-tastic!

Regular exercise with Therabands can reduce the risk of falls and fractures – and you can even use them at home while you’re watching telly! You can order a band with an instruction guide from Roar for just £5. Email info@roarforlife or call 0141 889 7481 – you can also get them in pretty colours if that encourages a glam – ma to use them!

13 December

Loving Warm Layers

As we age it can be difficult to regulate our temperature as effectively as we once did, so its best to wear several items that are easy to take off and put on. Consider buying easy to take on off items that will quickly help someone heat up or cool down!

14 December

Tech up for the Future

We know lots of older people are resistant to getting digitally included but sometimes this is down to not understanding how much it could enhance their lives and keep them independent longer! Getting an Alexa can be a real life enhancer – particularly for people who are suffering from macular degeneration. Our members have told us they use them for things like setting the timer for cooking, checking the weather, reminding them about appointments and even telling them jokes!

15 December

Just in Case Blanket

We are passionate about giving people both the skills to get themselves back up if they have a fall and the means to summon help at all times – however sometimes this just isn’t possible. It often isn’t the fall but the ‘long lie’ that causes the health emergency. The 2 most likely places a person will fall at home is at the from door (picking up the post) or onto the toilet floor. Placing a tightly rolled up blanket in these 2 areas of the home (making sure they are not a trip hazard) that could be reached to keep warm. This can save a life!

16 December

Blind Spot Solved

Still driving and having difficulty turning your neck to see before changing lane? We advise OTAGO neck extending exercises to help extend your neck range!

17 December

Make it a Roaring 20’s

Why not give a loved one the ‘I CAN’ Active Calendar 2020 designed and developed by Later Life Training for just £5 (incl P+P). Every month covers exercises, tips and encouragement and over the course of the year these build up and help measure progress in strength, balance and confidence. Click HERE to order your copy today! All you need in addition is a bit of will power and possibly one of these pens specially designed for stiff or shaky hands

18 December

SOS

Being able to summon help in an emergency saves lives! However many older people don’t think about this when they are in their own homes and this is where 50% of falls take place. Encourage any loved ones who live alone to keep their phone switched on and with them, especially at night when are getting out of bed. Also make sure it is programmed with their ICE (In Case of Emergency) numbers

https://incaseofemergency.org/

19 December

Baby, It’s Cold Out There

As the temperatures dip this winter, keep in mind that bedrooms and living areas should be 21 degrees and you don’t want it to fall below 18 at night. Get the tools to check the temperature and humidity in the homes of the people you love.

20 December

An Important Story

It is our privilege to hear some of the stories and life experiences of our members – we just hope someone is writing them down! Capturing these memories can be very important in their own right but can also be a hugely valuable thing to have if somone we love’s memory starts to deteriorate. Do you know who your mum played with in Primary school or her favourite flavour of ice-cream? Why not work on this together using whatever format works well for you – remembering to try to add a photo wherever possible!

21 December

Steadier with a Stick

The decision about when to get a walking stick can be tricky for an older person or their loved ones, but waiting until you need an NHS assessment for one often means that the person has already had a fall. Our advice is to have the conversation before a crisis, take your time choosing the correct item and make sure you know how to measure for the correct size and have the correct guidance on how to use it safely. If you are buying online: Stand upright, let your arms relax by your side slightly bent (not locked) while wearing the shoes you would generally use. Enlist the help of another person to measure the distance from your wrist bone to the floor. This measurement will be the ideal height for your walking stick. The reason we selected this item is because we also wanted to highlight that some items that help people #StayMobileStayConnected are eligible for VAT relief and this can be useful for families to know.

https://m.media-amazon.com/images/G/02/uk-health-and-beauty/VAT_Relief_Decemberlaration_Form2.pdf

22 December

Light in the night

It’s getting towards the shortest day and even the mornings and evenings are dull – particularly when it’s raining. Increasing numbers of older pedestrians are being admitted to hospital because of accidents that may have been prevented if they had been more visible to vehicles or other pedestrians. There are lots of reflective clothing or stickers to consider and this light up brolly could be a bit of fun!

23 December

Sleigh bells Wing

We’ve all been there…its cold, we need the toilet and we want to get into the house but we can’t locate our keys, see the lock or get the key to turn. Imagine this as your eyesight deteriorates and your manual dexterity decreases! Items that help you turn the key, see the keyhole and help you locate your keys can make getting into your home in a rush that big bit easier.

24 December

Tablets are Good For You

We have been running Digital Inclusion classes for 3 years now and we have learned many things about what works and what doesn’t for older people when it comes to ‘tech’ choices – the first one is ‘that we are all different’! However, we suggest that lightweight devices are more popular, good bright screen quality, good sound quality and an easy-to-use interface are also important. The main motivation we see for older people engaging with new technology by far is to Keep In Touch. Video calling really can reduce feelings of loneliness when regular contact with loved ones happens regularly. Remember as part of the gift to set it up and add as many contacts as possible!

25 December

Warm Right Through

Huge numbers of older people end up in hospital with avoidable food poisoning because they are relying on chilled food or reheating food. Temperature probes are an easy way to check if food is cooked properly! The food should reach a temperature of 75°C immediately or 70°C for more than 2 minutes in the middle or thickest part. Probing food is a good habit to get into as we age and our digestive systems become more vulnerable. Some probes even talk to you!

Christmas Gift Ideas to help someone you love Stay Mobile and Stay Connected

1 December

Ditch the Sloppy Slippers

Slippers, the name says it all really! High street bought slippers often have thin soles and no fastenings whereas slippers with fastenings and strong soles can provide enough support to reduce the risk of tripping and slipping. They may look less stylish but neither does hip surgery. The main things to consider when choosing slippers is that they should have a high back or collar to support the ankle. And a substantial, slip-resistant sole!

2 December

Christmas gifts to the rescue!

Taking out the bins is a high risk time for falls especially when it’s icy. Get elderly relatives rapid de-icers in manageable sizes that can make steps and paths safer and a bright outside light can really help. However if there is one area of life where this task is better undertaken by someone with a very low risk of falling or fractures it is this. If you live nearby – do this. If you don’t – consider paying a neighbour…..or be that good neighbour.

3 December

Extend ‘day’ – light hours

As our eyesight deteriorates in older age we rely on using brighter lighting around the home. But in winter it can be very grey outside even during the day and dark so early and the new street lights are not as effective. We see cars and cyclists using headlights – why not pedestrians? Why not buy an older person you love a cosy ‘hat with a built in torch’?

4 December

Put Your Best Foot Forward

Good sturdy shoes and learning to do the Penguin Walk https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LHaWGibGwyk really helps reduce your risk of slipping on ice however some attachable grips such as YakTrax can give you or a loved one an extra secure foothold on icy pavements. They can be tricky to put on so build the offer of help into this gift.

5 December

Get the Grandparents On The Protein

Did you know 70%- 80% of our ability to produce and retain heat comes from our muscle mass. Older people can build up muscle mass well into their 90s with the right diet and strength and endurance exercises. You see how well its working for the Gym-buff teens so why not for older people. Consider treating them to foods containing protein such as

6 December

Calling all Hipsters

It’s got to be one of the best kept fashion and lifestyle secrets. Did you know you could buy an elderly loved one ‘hip protectors’?! There isn’t a huge amount of scientific evidence about them – but then so few people know about them and they are often only issues once someone is in care, which is too late. We think they are worth a try.

7 December

Liquids for Life

People don’t drink enough fluids, particularly in older age, and even more so in winter. The perfect #XmasGiftIdea for your older relations is something that reminds them to drink enough fluids.

You might even remember to hydrate yourself. If you want to be fully Roar-ed and Hydrated you can buy a Roar Water bottle by calling 0141 889 7481

8 December

Illuminate your Loo

It doesn’t matter what age you are, when you need to visit the toilet during the night, almost no one turns on the light. However this becomes more dangerous as our eyesight and balance deteriorates. A huge number of falls happen during the night near the toilet. If we can fit motion sensor lights or even light up the toilet bowl this can help reduce falls.

9 December

Balance Booster

The best and only sustainable way to boost your balance is by doing exercises regularly however you can add a quick boost to your balance with the simple addition of ‘orthotic insoles’ to your shoes. Orthotic Insoles help reduce postural sway and can help reduce falls.

PS here is the science-y bit https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0966636211008137

10 December

Pull the Plug

As we age many of us start to suffer from arthritis in our hands making doing lots of everyday things more difficult. Many of us like to pull out sockets for safety at night. This simple item can make this easier for stiff hands

11 December

Driving Home For Christmas

If you, or a family member, is going to be collecting an older person to bring them to your home over the festive season then we urge you to have to have a think over what might go wrong – so you are prepared. We know of people who have tripped because of the handbag strap in the foot well, have been unable to swivel round out of unfamiliar vehicles. Here are just 2 handy items to consider.

Swivel cushion to help swing round getting out of the car

12 December

Mobile-tastic!

Regular exercise with Therabands can reduce the risk of falls and fractures and you can even use them at home while you’re watching telly. You can order a band with an instruction guide from ROAR for just £5. Email info@roarforlife or call 0141 889 7481 but you can also get them in pretty colours if that encourages a glam – ma to use them.

13 December

Loving Warm Layers

As we age it can be difficult to regulate our temperature as effectively as we once did so its best to wear several items that are easy to take off and put on. Consider buying easy to take on off items that will quickly help someone heat up or cool down.

14 December

Tech up for the Future

We know lots of older people are resistant to getting digitally included but sometimes this is down to not understanding how much it could enhance their lives and keep them independent longer. Getting an Alexa can be a real life enhancer – particularly for people who are suffering from macular degeneration. Our members have told us they use them for things like setting the timer for cooking, checking the weather, reminding them about appointments and even telling them jokes.

15 December

Just in Case Blanket

We are passionate about giving people the skills to get themselves back up if they have a fall or having a devise they can summon help on them at all times however sometimes this just isn’t possible. It often isn’t the fall but the ‘long lie’ that causes the health emergency. The 2 most likely places a person will fall at home is at the from door (picking up the post) or onto the toilet floor. Placing a tightly rolled up blanket in these 2 areas of the home (making sure they are not a trip hazard) that could be reached to keep warm. This can save a life.

16 December

Blind Spot Solved

Still Driving and having difficulty turning your neck to see before changing lane? We advise OTAGO neck extending exercises to help extend your neck range.

17 December

Make it a Roaring 20’s

Why not give a loved one the ‘I CAN’ Active Calendar 2020 designed and developed by Later Life Training for just £5 (incl P+P). Every month covers exercises, tips and encouragement and over the course of the year these build up and help measure progress in strength, balance and confidence. To order yours call 0141 889 7481. All you need in addition is a bit of will power and possibly one of these pens specially designed for stiff or shaky hands

18 December

SOS

Being able to summon help in an emergency saves lives! However many older people don’t think about this when they are in their own homes and this is where 50% of falls take place. Encourage any loved ones who live alone to keep their phone switched on and with them, especially at night when are getting out of bed. Also make sure it is programmed with their ICE (In Case of Emergency) numbers

https://incaseofemergency.org/

19 December

Baby, It’s Cold Out There

As the temperatures dip this winter, keep in mind that bedrooms and living areas should be 21 degrees and you don’t want it to fall below 18 at night. Get the tools to check the temperature and humidity in the homes of the people you love.

20 December

An Important Story

It is our privilege to hear some of the stories and life experiences of our members – we just hope someone is writing them down. Capturing these memories can be very important in their own right but can also be a hugely valuable thing to have if somone we love’s memory starts to deteriorate. Do you know who your mum played with in Primary school or her favourite flavour of ice-cream? Why not work on this together using whatever format works well for you – remembering to try to add a photo wherever possible

21 December

Steadier with a Stick

The Decemberision about when to get a walking stick can be tricky for an older person or their loved ones but waiting until you need an NHS assessment for one often means that the person has already had a fall. Our advice is to have the conversation before a crisis, take your time choosing the correct item and make sure you know how to measure for the correct size and have the correct guidance on how to use it safely. If you are buying online: Stand upright, let your arms relax by your side slightly bent (not locked) while wearing the shoes you would generally use. Enlist the help of another person to measure the distance from your wrist bone to the floor. This measurement will be the ideal height for your walking stick. The reason we selected this item is because we also wanted to highlight that some items to help people #StayMobileStayConnected is that some items are eligible for VAT relief and this can be useful for families to know.

https://m.media-amazon.com/images/G/02/uk-health-and-beauty/VAT_Relief_Decemberlaration_Form2.pdf

Also read Clare’s Blog on how best to use sticks

22 December

Light in the night

It’s getting towards the shortest day and even the mornings and evenings are dull – particularly when it’s raining. Increasing numbers of older pedestrians are being admitted to hospital because of accidents that may have been prevented it they had been more visible to vehicles or other pedestrians. There are lots of reflective clothing or stickers to consider and this light up brolly could be a bit of fun.

23 December

Sleigh bells Wing

We’ve all been there…its cold, we need the toilet and we want to get into the house but we can’t locate our keys, see the lock or get the key to turn. Imagine this as your eyesight deteriorates and your manual dexterity Decemberreases! Items that help you turn the key, see the keyhole and help you locate your keys can make getting into your home in a rush that big bit easier.

24 December

Tablets are Good For You

We have been running Digital Inclusion classes for 3 years now and we have learned many things about what works and what doesn’t for older people when it comes to ‘tech’ choices and the first one is ‘that we are all different’! However what we can suggest is that lightweight devices are more popular, good bright screen quality, good sound quality and easy interface is also important. The main use people want to engage with Digital by far is to Keep In Touch. Platforms like SKYPE really can reduce feelings of loneliness when regular contact with loved ones happens regularly. Remember as part of the gift to set it up and add as many contacts as possible.

25 December

Warm Right Through

Huge numbers of older people end up in hospital with avoidable food poisoning because they are relying on chilled food or reheating food. Temperature probes are an easy way to check if food is cooked properly. The food should reach a temperature of 75°C immediately or 70°C for more than 2 minutes in the middle or thickest part. Probing food is a good habit to get into as we age and our digestive systems become more vulnerable. Some probes even talk to you.