The Northern Health Trust is encouraging older people in the Newtownabbey area to take part in new positive living and health and wellbeing programmes.
The two initiatives will take place one day each week for 12 weeks in Inniscoole Day Centre, Rathcoole.
The Positive Living Programme will provide participants with the opportunity to explore and learn skills to enable them to identify and overcome stressors in their lives, and enable them to live independently within their own community.
This will be achieved through the use of group approaches which focus on the use of positive thought processes and techniques, and the management of stress, improving social, interpersonal and communication skills. The course will also involve the provision of information, advice and support to engage people in new interests, leisure pursuits and social networks within the local community.
The Health and Wellbeing Programme aims to raise awareness about a range of health and wellbeing issues. This will be achieved by providing information to promote a healthier lifestyle, focusing on various topics such as healthy eating, physical activity, keeping safe, smoking/alcohol, healthy feet and medication, enabling individuals to make informed choices about their health and enable them to live independently within their own community.
Some work will need to be done by the participant between sessions to achieve the maximum benefit from both courses.
Brian Serplus, Head of Residential and Day Care Services for Older People’s Services at the Northern Trust said: “The programmes have been developed to provide participants with the opportunity to explore and learn skills to identify and overcome stressors in their lives and to promote a healthy lifestyle. The programmes are person centred and on completion most participants will have achieved their individual goals and be enabled to live independently within their own community.”
One individual who attended a previous programme commented: “Attending this course was like being thrown a lifeline. I was sceptical at first but once I started to take on board what they were trying to teach us, I really did begin to think and see things in a different light. My panic attacks have decreased, my mood has lifted and I am learning to deal with my problems in a much more positive way.”
For more information contact the manager at Inniscoole Day Centre, Rosslea Way on 028 9085 4333.