Category Archives: Senior Citizens

Blaby District Council launches Dementia Action Alliance

Dimentia {graphic)Blaby District Council is launching the Dementia Action Alliance (DAA) at the Council’s offices on Tuesday 19 May 2015, between 1pm-3pm.

The DAA is made up of a group of organisations who have joined together with the aim of making Blaby District a better place to live for people with dementia and their carers.

Blaby District Council is celebrating the launch by inviting people along to find out how making just a few simple changes in a business or organisation can make a big difference to someone with dementia.

At the event there will be advice about dementia support services and information for Blaby residents, businesses and community groups on how they can improve the quality of life for people living with dementia and their carers. Activities will also include Singing for the Brain, Books on Prescription and a Laughter Workshop.

There will also be a chance to take part in a Dementia Friends Information Session. Blaby District has an increasing ageing population and it is expected that the number of people living with dementia locally is expected to almost double by 2030.

Gill Collins, East Midlands Dementia Action Alliance Coordinator, said:

“This event will help to showcase the advice and information available for residents regarding dementia.

“Dementia can severely affect the lives of people living with the illness, and those caring for people with it. We hope to raise the public’s awareness on what they can do to help anyone directly affected by dementia. What they can offer will be invaluable.”

For more information about the launch and to confirm your attendance, please contact the Health and Leisure Team at Blaby District Council on 0116 272 7703 or e-mail leisure@blaby.gov.uk

Residents to have their say on ‘what matters most to older people’

137-two-old-ladies-chattingBlaby residents are being asked for their views on what services they think are the most important to help people to age well in Blaby.

Residents’ views, alongside the views of members of the Blaby District Over 50s Forum and local partners who provide services for older people, will be used to help to determine the priorities that will help Blaby District Council and other partner organisations to address the needs of its ageing population.

Jon Wells, Regulatory & Leisure Services Group Manager said:

“It’s really important that we get as many residents’ views as possible to ensure we focus our resources on the things that matter most. We want to encourage as many people as possible to fill in the questionnaire to help us to do that.”

Residents can get involved by completing the survey on line at www.blaby.gov.uk/ageing-well/ before 1st May.

Paper copies will also be available at Blaby District Council offices, libraries and other key community buildings during the consultation period.

The results of the survey will directly shape the Ageing Well Strategy for Blaby District.

For more information please contact the Partnerships Team by emailing strategic.partnerships@blaby.gov.uk or by calling 0116 272 7566.

Don’t become a victim to courier fraud scam

police 20Police are issuing a warning to the public to be on their guard over a courier fraud scam.

The Force has received three reports where victims have received a telephone call from someone purporting to be a police officer, claiming that the victim’s bank account has been fraudulently accessed and that someone has been arrested for the offence.

The victim is then told that in order to progress the investigation, they will need to go to their respective banks to withdraw money. They are also told that a taxi will arrive to take them to the bank. In some cases, the victim hands over funds that they already have in the house along with their bank cards and PIN number.

A courier arrives at the victim’s address to collect the money, cards, and PIN. The victim is asked to give a password to the courier, which has been given to them previously by the person on the telephone.

The victim may also be asked for personal and banking information.

On Thursday March 12, a 76-year-old woman from the Wigston area, and a 90-year-old woman from Thurmaston, found themselves victims of the fraud, losing a large amount of money and their bank cards.

The next day, Friday March 13, a 61-year-old woman received a telephone call in Glen Parva, also becoming a victim of the scam.

The investigating officer, PC 4012 Meryl Bishop, said:

“The victims have been left distressed by these incidents and blame themselves, which reinforces the message that these fraudsters sound plausible and are competent at what they are doing, therefore they must be stopped.

“Those carrying out this crime are very skilled in portraying themselves as authentic police officers, making the scam seem genuine.

“We ask the public to let any elderly or vulnerable family members, friends, or neighbours know about the scam. Remember, your bank will never attend your home; and neither the bank nor the police will ever collect your bank card or ask for your PIN”.

If you have been a victim or have any information in relation to this scam, call Leicestershire Police on 101.

Victims can also contact Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040.

New Leicestershire Advice Service for Social Care.

LCPTThe Leicestershire Advice Service for Social Care is a new service commissioned by Leicestershire County Council. LCPT (formerly Leicestershire Community Projects Trust), in partnership with The Carers Centre, is delivering the service.

The service which is free, independent and confidential is for adults of all ages who are residents of Leicestershire and are in need of information and advice relating to social care.

The request for information can be for yourself, a relative, friend or neighbour or if you are a professional the request for information can be for someone you are supporting. The service consists of two teams, one for people who identify themselves to be of working age and one for people who identify themselves as an older adult.

When you contact the service you will be put through to the team best suited to deal with your enquiry.

The need to access social care services is often something very new to families and it can be a daunting prospect trying to find out what help, support, activities, etc. are available and how to access these.

The Leicestershire Advice Service team can take the pressure off you by carrying out any research relating to what is available to you and how to access whatever is available. This can include things like how to get a Community Care Assessment, how to get an Impact of Caring Assessment, and finding out about the different services and activities offered by the local authority, voluntary organisations and businesses.

If we don’t have the answer immediately available we will investigate for you.

Advice is normally offered by telephone; however, the team recognise that this isn’t always the best approach and alternative arrangements will be made when the telephone is not a suitable option.

If you need information on:
• What services are available for adults in Leicestershire
• How to access services
• Identifying relevant help
• Maintaining maximum choice and control

Then contact the Leicestershire Advice Service by:
• Telephoning 0116 2229555 or
• Text 07585975701 or
• Email info@lcp-trust.org.uk

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Blaby District Older Persons’ Forum

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Marion Broomhead, Chairperson of the Forum: “Always keen to welcome new members”

If you are aged 50 years or over and living in Blaby District and want to have your say and keep informed about local issues and services that affect you, then why not go along to the Blaby District Older Persons’ Forum?

The next meeting is taking place on Monday 1 September from 2pm until 4pm at the main council offices in Narborough.

The theme for the upcoming forum is “reducing isolation” with speakers and information stands from local transport, befriending and community groups, as well as an exercise taster session.

Marian Broomhead, Chair of the Older Persons’ Forum, said:

“The meetings provide an opportunity for you to get lots of useful information and advice as well as share any knowledge you have about local services or community groups. We’re a friendly and relaxed group and we are always keen to welcome new members.”

The forum can help if you need transport assistance to attend. For more information please contact Zoe Coulson at strategic.partnerships@blaby.gov.uk or call 0116 272 7566.