Staying healthy in Surrey
NHS Health Checks
See www.healthysurrey.org.uk for more information.
To stay healthy or to improve health, older adults need to do two types of physical activity each week: aerobic and muscle-strengthening activity. For further details and examples of activity for the over 65s, please visit www.nhs.uk Local Surrey sports and activities aimed at those 50 and over can be found at www.activesurrey.com
Older adults at risk of falls, such as people with weak legs, poor balance and some medical conditions, should do exercises to improve balance and co-ordination at least twice a week.
Thirst 4 Life
As we age our thirst sensation can be reduced, meaning we may not feel thirsty, but it is important to drink plenty of fluids. Aim to drink about 1.2 litres (or about two and a half pints) of fluid every day to stop you getting dehydrated. This is about six 200ml or eight 150ml glasses, cups or mugs. When the weather is warm or when you are active, you’ll probably need to drink more than this.
All non-alcoholic drinks count towards your daily fluid intake, including tea and coffee. However, try to opt for healthy choices like water, milk and fruit juices.
Drinks that contain a lot of caffeine, such as strong tea and coffee, might make your body produce more urine. If you mostly drink strong tea or coffee (or other drinks that contain a lot of caffeine), make sure you also drink some water or other fluids that don’t contain caffeine.
For more information, please visit www.nhs.uk
Alcohol: how much is too much?
In Surrey, it is estimated that more than a quarter of adults who drink alcohol drink above what are considered recommended levels. This means that they are putting themselves at risk of developing health conditions in the future due to their drinking. In addition, surveys have shown that only 12-16% of Surrey adults are aware of the recommended guidelines for safe drinking. Don’t Bottle It Up is your one-stop-shop for advice, information and support about alcohol – from binge drinking and hangovers, to getting support and cutting down.
Complete the Don’t Bottle It Up alcohol test today in just two minutes by visiting www.dontbottleitup.org.uk It’s quick, easy and confidential. You will be able to see if your drinking is risky and you’ll receive personalised results on-screen, plus some ideas for next steps, like making a plan for cutting down or finding out where to get a bit of support locally.
For more information, visit www.healthysurrey.org.uk
If you are concerned about your own or someone else’s drinking, you can speak to:
- Surrey Drug and Alcohol Care 24/7 confidential helpline on 0808 802 5000 (free from mobiles and landlines); or
- your GP or local support organisations, such as Alcoholics Anonymous.
Health advice for people with learning disabilities
If you care for someone with learning disabilities, you may wish to visit www.nhs.uk which provides information and advice to help you support the person you care for with leading a healthy lifestyle. Also visit the Health section of www.surreypb.org.uk