Help for the old and young

WEBSITE - www.helptheaged.org.uk

Help the Aged's redesigned website has been launched by actress Liz Smith, from TV's The Royle Family (pictured). The charity is concerned that older people remain isolated from the benefits of the internet.

Resources on the site include a 'healthy ageing' section, including advice on specific conditions as well as topics such as healthy eating and sex in later life.

There is also a guide to health services, with a summary of all the available primary health care services and how to access them. Also included is a section for carers with information on how to juggle work and other commitments with caring for an elderly person, details of financial help available, and a guide to the resources available for carers who need a break from caring - this includes community day care and residential services.

For further information visit www.helptheaged.org.uk.

BOOKLET - Fuel for living

A free guide providing simple and cost-effective recipes, tips and money saving vouchers has been launched by the DoH to help young people build their cooking skills and boost their consumption of fruit and vegetables.

The guide has been developed as part of the government's 'five a day' campaign to encourage people to eat at least five portions of fruit and vegetables each day, and follows a survey into young people's attitude to cooking.

The survey revealed that one in 10 young people never cook a proper meal.

You can order free copies to distribute to patients by visiting www.5ADAY.nhs.uk, calling 08701 555455 or e-mailing dh@prolog.uk.com.

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