Prepare for the Time of your Life!
That’s the message GPs are telling local people. A new 10-point guide aimed at people approaching retirement, was launched earlier this year by NHS West Hampshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG). The handy pocket sized guide can be found in your GP practice.
The Time of Your Life campaign has been backed by New Forest East 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.
“Think 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 Dr 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 Winchester Fusion Choir http://winchesterfusionchoir.co.uk/
The 10 top tips and the videos can be found on the CCG website: https://www.westhampshireccg.nhs.uk/time-of-your-life
The guide was developed in collaboration with clinicians at Lymington Hospital and with local people, and includes prompts and ideas as well as links to useful organisations to help people prepare for their retirement.