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Ageing Well Activities
The following PDFs include information on ageing well activities in East Lothian.
Movement to help your muscles and joints
If you have any muscle, or joint issues as an adult you can find exercises to help you on the NHS Inform website here.
If these exercises do not help you please call 01620 642968 to speak to a physio about your muscle or joint issue.
This pdf file includes a guide to housing options for older people in Scotland. The guide includes useful information on buying a home, selling your home, renting a home and much more.
View a list of local equipment suppliers. The PDF includes the company name, address, contact details, and website (if available).
Dementia Friendly East Lothian
East Lothian’s Dementia Friendly Communities are wholly community-led and run.
Dementia Friendly East Lothian provides whatever support and encouragement communities need to help them realise their aspirations in whatever way we can.
Please log onto the website for information or to share information on your own dementia friendly events.
You can get help from the East Lothian Community Alarm Telecare Service.
Telecare Self-Check Online Tool
Telecare is the use of discreet equipment that can help tell someone if there is an emergency or if you are having difficulties in your home. Try the Telecare Self-Check Online Tool to find advice and guidance related to your needs.
The following PDF contains details on home-visiting opticians in East Lothian and the surrounding areas.
Wellbeing when off work
This leaflet is for anyone off work for reasons related to common mental health problems.
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Information on computer equipment for visually impaired people
Being able to use computers, mobile phones and other gadgets for work, leisure and keeping in contact are key tools for blind and partially sighted people.
For more information on how technology can help with your everyday living, please contact RNIB Scotland using the details below.
Phone: 0131 652 3140
Local libraries across East Lothian also have computers which are fitted with software to assist visually impaired people by enlarging information on the screen, and a large button keyboard.
For more information, please contact your local library directly or visit www.eastlothian.gov.uk/info/210562/libraries/11907/locations_and_opening_hours.
Information on concessionary travel
The National Entitlement Card, a free bus pass, is available if you are over 60 years of age. People aged 5 and over with a physical or sensory impairment may also qualify. For the full eligibility criteria, please visit www.transport.gov.scot/concessionary-travel/60plus-and-disabled/.
The National Entitlement Card entitles you to free, Scotland wide bus travel, as well as reduced train travel rates (if eligible) to East Lothian residents travelling from East Lothian train stations.
For further information on the eligibility criteria and for an application form, please contact the Transport Concession Team using the information below.
Phone: 01620 827974
Address: John Muir House, Haddington, East Lothian
Information on eye conditions
If you would like further information about eye and sight conditions, please contact RNIB Scotland using the details below.
Phone: 0131 652 3140
Address: 12-14 Hillside Crescent, Edinburgh, EH7 5EA
For general enquiries, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The East Lothian branch have a team of rehabilitation and mobility officers who deal with people with a sensory impairment. They can provide information and practical advice, including mobility training and independent living skills training.
Please contact them on the above numbers to discuss and gain advice on how to access the service.
Information on large print books
If you have some vision but you struggle to read regular print, large or giant print may be for you.
The size of a font is described in point size. Regular print is usually 10 or 12 point. Large print is generally 16 to 18 point size. Giant print is anything larger than this.
Your local library is probably the best place to have a look at large print books and check if they are right for you. Some high street book shops also sell large print books that you can browse through.
A range of large print books is available at all of East Lothian Council’s Libraries. There are library branches throughout East Lothian: For information on your nearest library please contact Library & Museum Headquarters using the following information.
Phone: 01620 820600
Address: Dunbar Road, Haddington, EH41 3PJ
There is also a Mobile Library service which serves the whole of rural East Lothian, following a fortnightly timetable. The Mobile Library service can be contacted at Library Headquarters on 01620 060611.
For eBook advice, please visit www.rnib.org.uk/information-everyday-living-reading/ebooks-and-digital. For Newspapers and TV guides, please visit www.rnib.org.uk/services-we-offer-reading-services-magazines-and-newspapers-rnib/big-print-newspaper-and-freeview-tv.