Keeping Healthy and Safe
This section contains information and advice on maintaining your independence while COVID-19 affects our lives. There are links to official COVID-19 guidance, positive and uplifting articles on how individuals and communities are working together, ideas for socialising using technology, and also guidance for improving your physical and mental well-being.
Official Advice on the Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Visit the NHS Inform website for health information and advice on the coronavirus. See the Scottish Government response to coronavirus on GOV.SCOT.
For Scottish Government updates about COVID-19 in BSL, please visit https://bda.org.uk/covid19/.
Mental health in later life
At any age, painful events or changes in your situation may affect your mental health and make you more vulnerable to problems, such as depression or anxiety. Find out more about mental health in later life.
Information for Grandparents and Parents
Information to help you support your children and grandchildren at this time.
Domestic abuse can affect older people
There has been talk of domestic violence during the pandemic and lockdown, this can affect older people as well. Information on domestic abuse and older people.
Content from East Lothian Health and Social Care Partnership
Fire Safety in the Home - Self Assessment
A new online fire safety quiz has been launched by the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service to support people to stay safe at home – and potentially save lives.
The 'Fire Safety in the Home - Self Assessment' survey asks a series of simple questions and then automatically generates a home fire safety report. To complete a self assessment please visit this website.
Keeping Healthy and Safe stories you may be interested in
Advice for your well-being and mind
Please view the information from the English and Scottish NHS services to help you to maintain a positive well-being during this period.
82 year old the first UK cyclist to ride 1 million miles
In November, octogenarian Russ Mantle became the first person in the UK to ride 1 million miles. The 82-year-old from Hampshire completed a five-mile trip from his Aldershot home to a cafe in Mytchett, Surrey, to reach the feat. Mantle rolled into Canal Cafe in Mytchett recording his millionth mile flanked by fellow cyclists.read more
Secrets To Healthy Ageing
104-year-old woman says continuing ed, dancing and positivity have kept her feeling young. Some say the secret to a long life is staying physically active, others say that it's maintaining a healthy diet. But 104-year-old Virginia Leitner, of St Charles, Missouri, says the real key is keeping up-to-date with the changing world and being creative. Leitner has taken classes to learn how to use a computer, sews, showcases her paintings and has even competed in a pageant.read more
700 Miles in 7 days at 72
Chilton resident Rod Alexander, aged 72, is planning to cycle 700 miles in seven days in memory of his wife Jacky, to raise money for Florence Nightingale Hospice Charity. Rod, who has lived in Chilton near Thame for the past 31 years, will complete the first 600 miles in six days around the undulating Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire countryside. The final 100 miles will be completed on a static bike on Saturday July 27 th outside the Florence Nightingale Hospice Charity Shop in Thame where he volunteers two days each week.read more
Meet France's oldest doctor at 98
'What keeps me going? My patients,' says France's oldest doctor at 98. After 70 years, Dr Christian Chenay still wants to help people in the ‘forgotten’ suburbs of Paris. Christian Chenay, who celebrated his 98th birthday last month, is France’s oldest practising doctor. “I couldn’t possibly give up work,” he said in his small consulting room in Chevilly-Larue after treating his final patients of the day, an unwell toddler and a woman suffering from high blood pressure.read more
90 Year Old Graduates
90-year-old woman graduates and proves it’s never too late to study. One inspiring lady has proved that you’re never too old to pursue your dreams. Lorna Prendergast graduated from the University of Melbourne last week, at the age of 90. The Australian received her Master of Ageing degree at the awards ceremony, accompanied by her granddaughters.read more
80 Year Old Gymnast
This 80-year-old gymnast is probably more flexible than you! When you think about hobbies for the elderly, gymnastics probably isn’t high on that list. But Marjorie Scholes is defying all expectations and is still leaping, tumbling and balancing on the gym floor – at 80 years old. The grandmother only started gymnastics when she was 76, and this month she came second in the 2019 Adult Gymnastics British Championships – over 45s category.read more
Meet Iris: 97 year old fashion icon
With her eccentric style and quick wit, Iris Apfel was always destined for fame – even if it took more than eight decades to get there. "Retiring at an early age is a fate worse than death," says fashion icon Iris Apfel. And at 97, with no sign of slowing down, she's become a bit of an authority on the subject. "Just because you are older doesn't mean you have to stop living or working or roll up into a ball and wait until you pass on," she says.read more
Land's End to John O'Groats at 78
Cycling the infamous Land's End to John O'Groats route is a tiresome and gruelling challenge for anyone. So for an OAP to be taking on the ride that's nearly 1,000 miles long is seriously impressive. But for 78-year-old Neville Maggs, who lives in Oadby and has already completed five Tough Guy challenges, 26 full marathons and has crewed in the Round the World yacht race, it's nothing too out of the ordinary.read more