North Yorkshire’s Later Life Hub

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For the last eighteen months I have been involved in setting up and developing Later Life Hub, North Yorkshire, which is intended to provide a single source of information and services, designed for people across North Yorkshire in their fifties and beyond. Personal experience told us that there was no one place where people could go to obtain trusted, impartial advice with regard to the opportunities and challenges which the ageing process entails.

Our diverse range of services – financial, legal, care, health, professional and lifestyle – continues to grow. All are offered with one thing in mind: to help older people live safely and securely at home and to enjoy an independent and fulfilled life all the way through that ‘journey’.

The charity we support is Dementia Forward, which is the leading dementia charity for North Yorkshire. They provide support, advice and information to anybody affected by dementia across the county, and have developed a comprehensive range of services, all with people living with dementia at their heart.

They are brilliant people, delivering a comprehensive range of services with the aim of supporting and promoting the concept of ‘living well with dementia’ in the local community.

A key part of what they do is through well-being cafes across the county, which offer a friendly and relaxed place for people in the early and moderate stages of dementia. Later Life Hub have recently presented them with four sets of Boccia balls to be used in the cafes, and Serenity were pleased to sponsor one set, which I presented a couple of weeks ago.

Boccia is a sport designed for people with high support needs and has proved to be extremely popular – and very competitive! – at the well-being cafes. It is similar to pétanque where the aim is to throw the soft leather balls as close as possible to the jack, and was recently featured in the Tokyo Paralympics.

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