Important Safety Announcement from the Marlow Medical Group
We need your help so that we can help you.
We are all aware of the dangers of Coronavirus, particularly for older people (aged 65+), who have a much higher chance of dying from the disease, compared with younger adults.
However for some, the lockdown has also caused significant harm; many people who were shielding have suffered with loneliness which has affected their mental wellbeing. They have also been more inactive, which has affected physical wellbeing. Do you know someone who has shown signs of “accelerated aging”? This has probably happened to them.
Many senior leaders are planning for a second wave of coronavirus. If this does happen, we want to be prepared and in this situation, knowledge is power. We can stream healthcare information directly to your own homes and support you and your nearest and dearest (as long as they are registered with our practice and in agreement) to remain happy, healthy and independent. However, we need your help.
What we need from you:
- We need you to complete the Update Your Contact Information form with up-to-date email addresses and mobile phone numbers for you and any family members who are registered with our practice (please check they are in agreement with this),
- If your friends or family are not registered with our practice, please ask them to contact their own surgery to update their information,
- Older people are amongst the most vulnerable to coronavirus and lockdown and stand to gain the most. However, studies have shown that 35% of older people do not have access to the internet or a smartphone. If you have a friend or family member who is in this group, support them to get online and learn how to use the internet. In a pandemic, access to the internet and information can save lives. Below we show you how.
Support with getting a family member online:
If you or someone you know has an old smartphone, try and refurbish it and give it to an older person you know. Try and teach them how to use the internet and show them how to register for an email address and check emails. Teach them how to use Skype, Zoom or WhatsApp so that they can remain connected during lockdown.
If you are not able to do this, there are a few organisations that can help with getting online and teaching on how to use the internet:
- Age UK
Telephone: 01296 431911
- Contact the Elderly
Telephone: 0800 716543
- Carers Bucks
Telephone: 0300 777 2722
- The Silver Line
Telephone: 0800 470 8090
- Your local library: Bucks Library Services
Telephone: 01296 392415
The time to act is right now.
If you are already online and an older person, don’t wait for a second lockdown! You can start learning to become happier, healthier and more independent right now by looking on the websites below:
We hope that this information supports you and your nearest and dearest to remain healthier and happier for longer.
Marlow Medical Group