Galway City Council, in collaboration with its partners, continues to drive and lead community based responses to the pandemic by developing and delivering local resources, services, initiatives and activities to support both individuals and communities, and strengthen their resilience through an especially challenging time in all our lives.
This week, HSE Community Services in Galway have joined with Galway City Council to support older people to mind their physical and mental health and wellbeing over the coming months by producing a 20-page booklet and series of accompanying videos, as part of a new range of initiatives under the Keep Well campaign. The booklet provides a range of practical advice focusing on the key themes of keeping active, staying connected, switching off, eating well and minding your mood.
Explaining how the campaign came about, Alma Joyce, HSE Occupational Therapist Manager said:
“We are concerned about the effects that the pandemic is having on older people’s health and wellbeing, which we are seeing in our clinics in the health centres and other healthcare settings. We want to provide practical advice on staying active and encourage older people to keep a routine, engage in their everyday activities, stay connected to family and not hesitate to reach out if help is needed.”
Dr Michelle Canavan, Consultant Geriatrician at Galway University Hospital adds that she has seen the need for older people to make positive changes to their routines on a daily basis in her clinic. She said, “Individuals need to keep moving, a short walk around the house or garden. Do something you enjoy in the morning and in the afternoon. We can all do something to actively minimise the effect that this pandemic is having on our health.”
The Keep Well campaign is aimed at showing people of all ages how we can mind our own physical and mental health and wellbeing by adding healthy and helpful habits to our daily and weekly routines. It provides guidelines, information, and tips on how we can make a plan to do things that will help us keep well through the coming months.
Visit www.galwaycity.ie/wellbeing/ to download the booklet and for further details and updates on all the local initiatives and activities. If you would like a copy of the free booklet which also contains useful telephone numbers for support and practical advice, please call the Galway City Community Call Helpline by Freephone 1800 400 150 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org . The accompanying video series is available by searching “Community Healthcare West” on YouTube.
This helpline in place 7 days per week to link individuals in with a range of statutory agencies, community and voluntary organisations and groups operating across Galway City if they need practical supports such as collection and delivery of shopping, prescriptions and other essential household items. We understand that people can feel isolated during the COVID-19 pandemic so we are available to chat to anyone who may be feeling lonely at this time and can offer a regular call back to check in on you.
Galway Sports Partnership continues to support people to be active during this time through on line activity sessions, virtual activities and helpful booklets. They host a number of come ‘n’ try online classes including yoga, mindfulness, Men On The Move, Walk on Wednesdays and more. Check their Facebook page for more information or email email@example.com