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Information and Advice for Adults in East Dunbartonshire

Author: Ronnie Whiteside (Page 2 of 7)

University of Glasgow – Stroke Research Advisory Group

 TREATMENT BURDEN IN STROKE PROJECT

Research Advisory Group

A Guide for People Thinking about Getting Involved

 

What is the Treatment Burden in Stroke project?

There are over 1.2 million stroke survivors living in the UK and 9 out of 10 are living at home six months after their stroke. This research project aims to develop a questionnaire to measure the difficulties that people with stroke may face when managing their health in Glasgow.  We are based at the University of Glasgow in the Institute of Health and Wellbeing. The Research Advisory Group for the project will help to improve the design and undertaking of the research project and give the researchers support. It will be a mix of stroke survivors and health care professionals such as doctors, nurses and therapists. The group will be friendly and welcoming.

 

If I get involved what will I be doing?

You will join the group as a volunteer stroke survivor representative to advise the researchers carrying out this project. We want your view of research topics and your practical suggestions about how to improve the research project, from the perspective of someone who has suffered a stroke.

 

What skills do I need?

Everyone will bring different experience and skills. It is important that you are interested in finding ways to improve treatments and health. You must have enthusiasm, and be willing to speak up about your views.  You will have experience of stroke.  You don’t need medical or scientific expertise – other members of the group have that.  What you bring to our group is a member of the public’s point of view, for example, what it’s like to manage your health after a stroke.  If you have skills such as web design, marketing, writing or scientific knowledge; we’d be delighted to hear about them, but these are not needed. The aim is to make sure that research is carried out in the best interest of patients’ and that it meets the needs of the public who then get a proper chance to hear about the results.

 

Do I need to attend meetings?

It’s often good to go to meetings so you can meet the other folk face-to-face, but this is not always possible. You may be working or have childcare commitments, or you may live far away; so we can keep in touch with you by email or telephone.  There will be about twelve members in the group: five stroke survivors; a stroke consultant; a GP; a stroke nurse; a physiotherapist; an occupational therapist; a speech and language therapist; and a psychologist.  We welcome all stroke survivors, including those with physical disabilities. Those with aphasia and those that use a wheelchair are welcome. The group will meet approximately twice a year in Glasgow.  Travel costs will be reimbursed at the meeting and tea /coffee provided.

 

What can I expect from the Research Advisory Group?

  • We’ll only ask you to do things you’re comfortable with and feel you can deliver.
  • We’ll help you find a role that suits you.
  • We’ll give you plain and clear information.
  • We’ll send information in plenty of time.
  • When you’re going to a meeting, you’ll be told what the meeting is for and what is on the agenda in advance. You‘ll be told who will be there and what is expected of you. After the meeting you should be asked to comment on the experience.
  • You may claim for travel to meetings and other agreed expenses.
  • You’ll be offered training and support if you need it.
  • You’ll be told about the difference your involvement has made.

 

 

What will the Research Advisory Group expect from you?

We hope you will

  • Play an active role in discussions.
  • Respect the confidentiality of information discussed.
  • Communicate effectively, in person or by email.
  • Meet deadlines.
  • Let us know as soon as possible if you can’t do something you’re asked to do.
  • Feel able to give feedback about your involvement.
  • Tell us if you want to step down.

 

Interested?

If you want to find out more about becoming involved please email katie.gallacher@glasgow.ac.uk or phone on 0141 330 8323

NHS GGC – Carers Act

Information from East Dunbartonshire Health & Social Care Partnership:

The Carers (Scotland) Act has a number of responsibilities that Health Boards and Local Authorities need to put in place by April, 2018.

The Act will ensure carers and young carers are identified and supported so they can continue to care if they wish to do so. One completed area of work in NHSGGC is the new resources that aim to increase awareness of support for carers.

These resources were launched on Carers Rights Day last Friday. Carers Rights Day aimed to help carers understand their rights and how to get help and support they are entitled to. We would like to thank carers, patients, health and social care staff and carer support services who helped in its design.

If you require more information on this subject, please contact 0141 955 2131 or 0800 975 2131

Road Safety Week 2017

A road safety charity is calling for action to cut speeding after figures showed more than 9,700 people were injured and 159 killed on Scottish roads in the year to June.

Brake is making the call as part of Road Safety Week after other Scottish Government figures, published earlier in the year, showed a 14 per cent rise in road deaths in Scotland during 2016 compared with 2015.

There were 191 fatalities on the country’s roads in 2016, 23 (or 14 per cent) more than the previous year.

New analysis by Brake found that exceeding the speed limit was a major factor in 291 crashes in Scotland last year, a rise of over a quarter (26 per cent since 2013.

Travelling too fast for the prevailing conditions contributed to 510 crashes during 2016, Brake said.

Provisional statistics from the Department for Transport found that 9,705 people were injured and 159 were killed in crashes on Scottish roads in the year to June 2017.

The charity is now calling for the introduction of a default 20mph limit in all built-up areas, increased police enforcement and Intelligent Speed Adaptation, which helps drivers stay within the speed limit, to be fitted as standard to all new vehicles.

Full article available on Scotsman website

or more information on the Brake charity website

Befriending Service Resource Worker vacancy at EDVA

Befriending Service Resource Worker

Status: 24 hours per week (Monday to Thursday)

Salary: £16,708 (pro-rata)

 

Our Befriending Service provides opportunities to increase the social connectedness and reduce the isolation and loneliness of its service-users; as well as providing high quality volunteering. The post-holder will work within the Befriending Service, providing social contact and practical support to vulnerable socially isolated older adults in East Dunbartonshire on a one-to-one, social-needs assessed basis. You will also support carefully recruited, selected and trained volunteer befrienders.

 

For an application pack or further information contact 0141 578 6680 or email: info@edva.org

 

Completed applications should be returned to info@edva.org by Monday 11th December 2017 (12 noon) and interviews will be Tuesday 19th December 2017 with specific times communicated to successful applicants.

Combat diabetes: 8 ways to control your blood sugar levels

Diabetes is the general term used for conditions which lead to an increase in glucose levels in the blood. With a proper diet and lifestyle change, you can control your blood sugar levels and combat this dangerous disease. Consider and follow these 8 tips;

Family history of diabetes: You inherit a predisposition to the condition and then something in your environment triggers it, especially if there is a history of obesity. Type 2 diabetes has a stronger connection to family history and lineage than type 1, however, with proper diagnosis on time it can be kept under control.

Lifestyle modification: Sedentary habits, eating more junk and fatty food, aerated drinks, and erratic meal habits – all contribute towards the risk of having diabetes. Every extra hour of sitting increases risk of having diabetes by a fifth, warns the doctor. So, by an intensive lifestyle modification, adopting of healthy diets and increased physical activity, type 2 diabetes can be prevented.

Obesity: Gaining weight may make you susceptible to diabetes. As doctor suggests, try to maintain ideal body weight, that is to keep the BMI less than 22.9 Kg/m2 and waist circumference to less than 90 cm in male and 80 cm in females. Get rid of excess weight through a regimented diet and exercise plan. There are no shortcuts to lose weight. Weight loss and a good diet can even reverse pre-diabetes.

Food habits and balanced diet: Eating at right time, an appropriate amount of a balance carbohydrates, fats and proteins with fruits is essential. Not going on an empty stomach for long hours and not missing the meals are important. Studies have shown that missing breakfast increases the risk of developing diabetes. Replace heavy meals after prolong gap with small healthy snacks to munch on. Try to replace your normal rice with brown rice and refined flour with whole grains.

Exercise regularly: From a brisk walk to yoga, exercise daily for at least for 30 to 45 minutes. Sedentary habits are contributing in a big way to increasing incidences of diabetes. Also, taking a break from exercise could up the risks. So make sure to take small breaks in between your work.

Adequate sleep: Not just food and exercise but proper rest is also very important. Getting 7-8 hours of sleep every day is a must as our body rejuvenates itself during sleep by eliminating the toxins which accumulate during the time we are awake. Late nights and late mornings also up the risk of having diabetes and hypertension.

Manage stress: Stress has invaded every part of human life in today’s world. From kids to elderly, stress has become all-encompassing. With too much work and not active break or recreational activities that make us happy and content, we risk our selves to many diseases and diabetes is one of them. While this needs to be addressed at a higher level, it is essential that a person find ways to mitigate this stress.

Regular checkups: Regular blood sugar monitoring, essential intake of medicines and a review check-up with your doctors at regular intervals is must.

[Full article available on Indian Express website]

Would you like to support the HSCP to improve health and social care services in East Dunbartonshire?

East Dunbartonshire Health and Social Care Partnership (HSCP) is seeking local people who are interested in helping to improve local health and social care services.

Local people are invited to join with other East Dunbartonshire residents to focus on all aspects of the planning, development and review of the health and social care services provided.  It is required:

  • You live in East Dunbartonshire
  • You have an active interest in health and social care
  • You will be able to work in a team or in a relevant working group

If you would like a full description of the roles available or even just to chat, please contact Anthony Craig by telephone on 0141 578 8658, or by email Anthony.Craig@ggc.scot.nhs.uk.

Pay & display increase parking availability in East Dunbartonshire

Pay & display parking meters have helped to boost the turnover of spaces in Bearsden, Kirkintilloch and Milngavie.

Charges were introduced in seven East Dunbartonshire Council car parks in July 2016, with the first two hours of parking free and then a sliding scale thereafter.

A report to the Council’s Place Neighbourhood & Corporate Assets Committee has revealed the average daily turnover for each space in charge-levying car parks has increased from 1.2 to 4.6 – a rise of nearly 300%.

It means more spaces are available for shoppers and visitors to local town centres.

Councillor Jim Gibbons, Convener of the Place, Neighbourhood & Corporate Assets Committee, said, “Car parks where charging has been introduced have shown significant improvements in turnover and customer access to our town centres. It’s good news for traders and we are continuing to look at ways of improving usage.”

At a meeting on Thursday (2 November) the Committee agreed to introduce the charging scheme in the Bearsden Community Hub car park and Kenmure Drive car park, Bishopbriggs – subject to the promotion of amendments to off-street traffic regulation orders.

Meanwhile, motorists are being asked to take extra care when entering car registration details into pay & display parking meters.

Vehicles parked in charge-levying car parks in Bearsden, Kirkintilloch and Milngavie must display a valid ticket between 9am and 5.30pm, Monday-Friday.

The first two hours of parking are free during those times, but you must still display a ticket with the correct registration details.

In cases where the wrong registration details are displayed, enforcement action is likely to be taken to prevent any potential misuse of the two-hour period of free parking.

Councillor Gibbons said, “Please take care when you are entering your registration details. The meters will check if the same information has been used previously that day, but they do not verify with the DVLA that it’s a valid registration.

“Council pay & display parking meters require drivers to type in correct vehicle details or there is a risk that enforcement action will be taken.”

Please note, cars parked outwith marked bays or in spaces designated for blue badge holders, motor cycles and electric vehicles, are at risk of enforcement action at all times.

* Blue badge holders properly displaying a valid badge do not have to obtain pay & display tickets in Council car parks with charges.

[Full article available on East Dunbartonshire Council website]

Best practice guide for staying safe online

Follow this best practice guide for staying safe and protecting yourself online:

1. How would this come across?

Whenever you’re about to post something online, pause and just imagine how it would look on the front page of a newspaper. Feel uncomfortable? Don’t post it.

2. Got a nickname?

Use a nickname or other alias instead of your real name when signing up to a microblogging site like Twitter. This helps to protect your identity and keep your professional self separate from the wild world of social media.

3. Check your settings

Use the privacy and security settings on social media sites so that only friends and family can see your pages. Remember, the people you are connected with can also be a gateway to your information, so encourage those on your lists to check their settings also.

4. Mother’s maiden name

You don’t actually have to use your mother’s REAL maiden name as security answer, just pick an unrelated name that you remember which is more secure.

5. Guard personal information

Never post any personal information like your address, email address or mobile number. This could be all a person needs to  find out even more about you.  Providing your full date of birth makes you more vulnerable to identity fraud.

6. Photos and videos

Once you share a photo online, other people can see it and are able to download it or at very least ‘screen-grab’ it for whatever purposes. Be careful sharing media that reveals too much – avoid photos of your home, work, school or places you’re associated with.

7. Check what’s needed

Don’t give out information online simply because it’s asked for – question why it is needed? Always provide the minimum information possible.

8. Direct message if you can

Unless you don’t mind sharing your conversation with millions of other users, use direct messaging or the private message function. Or go old-school with an email..

9. Delete old accounts

If you’ve stopped using a social media site or forum, then close your account down. There’s no point in leaving personal information out there unnecessarily.

10. Get anti-virus software

Have anti-virus software installed and be vigilant of what you download or install on your computer.

 

Full ‘Share Take Care’ article available on BBC Website

and for further tips visit Ready Scotland: Online

Photo by Glenn Carstens-Peters on Unsplash

Tips to ‘weather-proof’ your home

Aside from looking out your good festive jumper and wearing two pairs of socks to bed, follow these tips and keep your home warm this Winter when the cold weather rears its ugly head, once again..

  • Check the terms of your household insurance policies, and find out what cover you have for risks such as flood or storm damage, or for the costs of temporary accommodation if your home is not habitable. Consider taking out insurance if you don’t have any.
  • Have a shovel and a supply of grit to keep any important pathways clear of snow or ice
  • Know how to turn off your electricity supply at the mains.
  • Know where your stop valve is and how to turn off your water.
  • Follow Scottish Water’s advice on protecting your pipes.
  • Make your home energy-efficient. Call the Scottish Government’s Home Energy Scotland Hotline on 0808 808 2282.
  • If you need to evacuate your home for any reason (and if it’s safe and time permits) turn off the water and electricity, grab your emergency kit, and secure your premises.
  • Think about what else is important for you and your family to get by during an emergency e.g. pet supplies, food supplies and formula/baby food.
  • LP gas users can get advice on stocking up this winter from the UKLPG website.

Full article on Ready Scotland

Photo by Kate on Unsplash

Photo by Cris Saur on Unsplash

How important is sleep?

People across the UK will wake up having gained an hour’s sleep on Sunday morning, as the clocks go back heralding darker evenings and shorter days. But how much do we know about sleep and its impact on our lives, from our health and mood, to how long we’ll live?

1. We’re told to get our eight hours.

Studies carried out around the world, looking at how often diseases occur in different groups of people across a population, have come to the same conclusion: both short sleepers and long sleepers are more likely to have a range of diseases, and to live shorter lives.

Short sleepers are generally defined as those who regularly get less than six hours’ sleep and long sleepers generally more than nine or 10 hours’ a night.

2. What happens in your body when you don’t sleep enough?

A review of 153 studies with a total of more than five million participants found short sleep was significantly associated with diabetes, high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, coronary heart disease and obesity.

3. We need different types of sleep to repair ourselves.

After we fall asleep we go through cycles of “sleep stages”, each cycle lasting between 60 and 100 minutes. Each stage plays a different role in the many processes that happen in our body during sleep.

4. Shift workers who have disturbed sleep get sick more often.

Researchers have found shift workers who get too little sleep at the wrong time of day may be increasing their risk of diabetes and obesity.

Shift workers are significantly more likely to report “fair or bad” general health according to a 2013 NHS study, which also found people in this group were a lot more likely to have a “limiting longstanding illness” than those who don’t work shifts.

5. And many of us are feeling more sleep deprived than ever.

A big piece of research looking at data from 15 countries found a very mixed picture. Six showed decreased sleep duration, seven increased sleep duration and two countries had mixed results.

Lots of a evidence suggests the amount we sleep hasn’t changed that much in recent generations.

But if you ask people how sleep deprived they think they are, a different picture emerges.

  • Average sleep time is 6.8 hours, below the average 7.7 hours people feel they need
  • More than half (54%) have felt stressed as a result of poor sleep
  • More than a third (36%) have eaten unhealthy food as a result of poor sleep
  • Almost four in 10 (37%) have fallen asleep on public transport.

6. But we didn’t necessarily always sleep this way.

Roger Ekirch, a history professor at Virginia Tech in the USA, published a paper in 2001 drawn from 16 years of research.

Dr Ekirch uncovered more than 2,000 pieces of evidence in diaries, court records and literature which suggest people used to have a first sleep beginning shortly after dusk, followed by a waking period of a couple of hours, then a second sleep.

7. Phones are keeping teenagers awake.

Bedrooms are supposed to be a place of rest but are increasingly filled with distractions like laptops and mobile phones, making it harder for young people to nod off.

68% of young people think using phones at night affects school work

45% check their phone after going to bed

10% do so more than ten times per night

8. Testing for sleep disorders is on the up.

More people are turning up at their doctors complaining of problems sleeping.

Analysing data collected by NHS England, the BBC found in June that the number of sleeping disorder tests had increased every year over the past decade.

9. Are other countries doing it differently?

One study looked at sleep habits in 20 industrialised countries.

It found variations of up to an hour in the time people went to bed and woke up, but overall sleep duration was fairly constant across countries. Generally, if a population on average went to bed later, they woke up later too, although not in every case.

Researchers have concluded that social influences – hours worked, timing of school, leisure habits – play a far bigger role than the natural cycle of light and dark.

10. Morning larks, night owls?

About 30% of us tend towards being morning people and 30% towards being evening people, with the other 40% of us somewhere in the middle – although marginally more people prefer early rising to late nights.

We do have some control over our body clocks, however. Those who are naturally late to bed and late to rise can try reducing their exposure to light in the evenings and making sure they get more light exposure in the daytime.

 

Full article available on BBC

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