Health and Wellbeing

Getting or Staying active - there is a wide range of opportunities for people of all abilities:

  • Active Fife: includes details of local community walking groups, classes, and ovlunteering opportunities. Further information is available on the Fife Direct website or by clicking here
  • Fife Sports and Leisure Trust: offers a wide range of centre-based activities and tailored groups, for example the Forever Young fun activity sessions designed especially for the young at heart to stay active, social, confident and independent.
  • More Able: this service is aimed at people aged 65 years and older to keep active and live well in later life. Further information on this service can be found in the attached leaflet in the publications list below.
  • NHS Choices: within the NHS Choices website you will find exercises for older people.
  • Fife Direct: information for all residents of Fife.

 

Nutrition

Keeping your bones healthy is important, regardless of your age. If your bones are strong, there is less chance of you breaking a bone if you fall. As we get older, our bones become thinner. There are a number of things you can do to make your bones stronger.

Doing weight-bearing exercises (such as walking), eating a well-balanced diet rich in calcium, limiting how much alcohol you drink and stopping smoking can all help to look after your bones.

Good sources of calcium include:

  • milk, cheese and other dairy foods
  • green leafy vegetables, such as broccoli, cabbage and okra (but not spinach)
  • soya beans and tofu, or soya drinks with added calcium
  • nuts
  • bread and anything made with fortified flour
  • fish that you eat the bones, such as sardines and pilchards

 

Falls - the following two websites provide information to help prevent falls and advice on how to reduce the risk of a fall or further falls:

 If I fall, what should I do?  NHS Inform provides information and advice following a fall, including videos showing you how to get up safely after a fall.

Up and About - Whatever your age, there are many things that you can do to reduce the risk of falling. This short booklet has useful information to help you to look after your health, stay active and what to do if you have a fall.

 

Footcare

It is important to take care of your feet, whatever your age. Problems like calluses, long toe nails, poor circulation or loss of feeling can make you unsteady on your feet, as well as causing pain and discomfort.Wearing shoes that fit you properly will help you to move around more safely and comfortably. Shoes and slippers should be comfortable and ideally have a fastening.

  • FootCare Fife is a toenail cutting service for people who struggle to cut their own toenails. The service is a run by Fife Voluntary Action and delivered by trained volunteers. Appointments can be requested by filling out a simple online form, or calling 0800 389 6046. Each appointment has a cost of £10. 

Support Services

Accessible information

Accessible information on a range of health care issues, many of which relate to falls can be found on the NHS Fife website.

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