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Hampshire MP backs health campaign

A new 10-part guide aimed at people approaching retirement, is being launched on New Year’s Day by NHS West Hampshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG).

The campaign has been backed by local MP Dr Julian Lewis who said it was excellent for ‘explaining vital health tips’.

The guide highlights the importance of planning for retirement and is split into 10 key areas, such as:

  • Keeping in touch with friends and family
  • Getting finances in good order
  • Staying active
  • Being healthy and well.

Dr Sarah Schofield, Chairman of West Hampshire CCG, said: “If you are going through any major life event, and we are talking about retirement, then being prepared  will help reduce stress and possible illness.

“It’s about  things that might impact on your health -  like finances, being creative, and how you keep you social life busy and remain part of the community. If people are lonely or inactive or if they are not planning for the future then people are potentially vulnerable and may become unwell.”

New Forest East MP Mr Lewis added: “This is an excellent example of how to explain vital health tips in a clear and concise way.  I hope that this convenient format will find a place in the wallet or purse of anyone thinking about retirement and in the surgeries, libraries and other advice centres with whom older citizens regularly deal.”

There are 10 short video clips to accompany each message, featuring GPs, charities and local people, including a contribtion from Marie O’Brien, the musical director of Winchester Fusion Choir, who outlines the benefits of being creative into your retirement years.

She said: “Everyone is welcome here. Come to a choir like ours and you’ve got instant community and it can really lift your spirits. Singing is a wonderful way to express yourself and you get to meet so many fabulous people.”  

The guide was developed in collaboration with clinicians at Lymington Hospital, and includes prompts and ideas as well as links to useful organisations to help people prepare for their retirement. 

Here are some useful links: 

Find out more about the Winchester Fusion Choir

www.frailtyfocus.nhs.uk 

Some useful links from Age Uk

 

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