An activity pack for you to complete in your own time to keep your mind

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(1)BE KIND TO YOUR MIND A n a c t iv i ty p a ck f or y o u to c o m pl e t e in y o ur o wn t ime t o ke e p y o u r m in d o c cu pi e d ..

(2) Why is it important to look after your mind when getting older? As when we get older, many of the brains functions deteriorate. Certain parts of the brain shrink, especially those important to learning and other complex mental activities. In certain brain regions, communication between neurons (nerve cells) may not be as effective. Blood flow in the brain may decrease. Inflammation, which occurs when the body responds to an injury or disease, may increase. This can make it harder for people to recall names, cause trouble multi tasking and make it difficult to be able to sustain attention..

(3) Why is it important to look after your mind when getting older? It is important to engage in meaningful activities and maintain a routine as it is shown that doing so can help to improve mood, help to combat depression and anxiety, combat loneliness, improve the quality of sleep and even reduce falls. A recent study also found that elderly people who spent five to six weeks consistently completing brain exercises experienced improvements to their mental health in areas of memory, reasoning, and information processing..

(4) wellness / routine checklist. a great activity to use daily to help you self reflect at the start of each day. Have you slept an adequate for an amount of time? The national sleep foundation recommends 7 - 8 hours per night for 65+ adults. Have you eaten anything today? Eating something small in the morning may help maintain blood sugar levels. Have you moved your body? This could include a few small movements or stretches - most movement is good movement !. Have you engaged in a meaningful occupation? This is personal to you ! It could be anything from watering the plants, watching television or speaking to a friend.

(5) Things YOU can do to occupy your mind Build your vocabulary Be that using an app to learn a new language or a dictionary to expand your already vast vocabulary!. Try a puzzle: There are plenty of puzzles you can find to do! online, from a supermarket, charity shop or in the newspaper. Listen to music Its true what they say ! Music calms the soul - so turn that radio up!. Learn a new skill Knitting, writing, yoga, bird watching - the list is endless!.

(6) Brain training Below are some activities you can complete to keep your brain active. It is important to do so as it can prevent brain damage caused by injury or disease and also delay the onset of dementia..

(7) The next two pages contain a word searches If you are not familiar with what a word search is, you simply pick a word written beside the box and try to find that word in the text box - it could be sideways, diagonal or even backwards ! Good luck..

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(10) The next page contains a crossword puzzle. If you are unfamiliar with crossword puzzles, this is how it works: You look at firstly the direction (across or down) then the number. You must then solve the word clue given next to the number. You will know it is right if the word you come up with is the same amount of letters as the allocated box!.

(11) ACROSS: 1 Charity 5 "_____" Rider 9 Highway Curve 12 Work 13 Tiny insect 14 Itinerary word 15 Eye amorously 16 High - mindedness 18 Early car (2 Words) 20 Like the Sahara 21 Sum 23 Cat call 26 Bureau 29 Green Gables girl 30 Long period 31 Advanced Gradually. ACROSS: 34 Server 35 PDQ's Kin 37 Futile 39 Art _____ (20's Movement) 40 Sticker 41 Salad fish 43 Juice Fruit 47 Copy cat 50 Cruel 51 Adult male 52 Skin 53 Between 54 Wooden nail 55 Appends 56 Male heirs.

(12) DOWN: 1 Minute particle 2 Advertising emblem 3 Balmy 4 Rains ice 5 Gave off 6 Subsidize 7 Shop lift 8 365 Days 9 Finger prints 10 Bro's sib 11 America's uncle 17 South American capital 19 Come in last 22 Debate 24 Burden 25 Dampens 26 Greatful _____ 27 Stood up 28 Making into law 32 Accompanies 33 Letter starter 36 Sulk 38 Adean animals. DOWN: 40 Saw socially 42 California Valley 44 Fictional Clownfish 45 Acquire 46 Make _____ meet 47 Mischievous child 48 ____ West of Hollywood 49 ___ Glory.

(13) The completed crossword puzzle:.

(14) The next activities are mazes. Just simply find your way to the end to succeed !.

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(17) The next few pages are available for you to colour on! Let yourself become creative!.

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(21) The next few pages are all about creative writing..

(22) THE STORY OF YOU. In the boxes below, share your story! What important events have happened in your life? What are your strongest memories? What hobbies or passions are important to you?. I find it hard. you Where were born?. to..... e..... littl When I was. My favourite thing to do is.... My biggest struggle has been..... My biggest success has been..... I hope that.....

(23) Writing Prompt THE PARTY Write about the last party you went to. Discuss one moment you enjoyed the most. Try to include things you like and dislike about parties..

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(26) FICTION WRITING EXERCISE Write a story on the following idea: One day you woke up and realised you were a famous musician. Write about how this would make you think and feel. What would you do? What genre of music would you make? What does your day look like?.

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(28) Citizens advice helpline: 0808 2231133. Age uk helpline: 0800 6781602. Advice lines:. Emergency contact:. Your energy supplier:. Powergrid: 105. 0800 111 999. National Gas Emergency:. Emergency Contact Numbers. enquiries (0114) 2505293. For more information and general. S4 7UQ. Unit 19:President Buildings. Community Care. Contact us Sheffield Churches Council for. SCCCC. Sheffield Churches Council for Community Care. What to do if you have no gas/electricity?.

(29) ● Contact someone who can help top up your meter/speak to your energy supplier if you need support. ● If you do not have any support, contact SCCCC. If you have cash available someone can help top up your meter in an emergency. ● If you are hurt/become unwell contact the emergency services immediately on 999. ● If you have run out of gas/electricity contact your energy supplier and explain you are an older adult/vulnerable and require temporary credit on your account.. If you run out of gas or electricity:. ● Only heat up the rooms you need. ● If you are struggling to pay your bills, support is available. Contact an advice line.. ● If you have a prepaid meter, change this to a normal meter to prevent running out. A direct debit can be set up so you pay once you have used the utilities. ● Having a smart meter installed in your home can help you see exactly how much energy you use, and how much it costs. Contact your supplier for more information on getting a smart meter.. Advice to prevent running out of gas and electricity. ● Ensure you have an emergency contact number for your supplier. ● Keep blankets and torches in reach to use if you have run out of gas/electricity ● Keep a mobile phone charged to be able to contact someone ● Keep track of when your bills are due and how much you owe. Helpful tips.

(30) HOW TO LOOK AFTER YOUR. MENTAL WELLBEING IN WINTER TIME Helpful tips and tricks to beat those winter blues.. FEELING GOOD Our mental health related to how we think and feel. Our outlook on life and how we manage to cope with life’s ups and downs are all affected by our mental wellbeing. It is more than okay not feel great sometimes. But hopefully we can feel good most of the time.. Why is it necessary to take care of our mental health in winter time? It is important to look after our mental health in the winter months as much as it is any other time of year. But in the winter time as the days get shorter and the air gets cooler it can be harder to look after ourselves mentally. It is important to look after our mind and treat it well to allow us to be live a happy and healthy life..

(31) What may affect your mood in winter time? Physical changes like the weather getting colder and the days getting shorter A change in seasons can be hard to manage and a lot for your mind and body to cope with A change create a feeling of loss which can cause stress to your mind and body. SEASONAL AFFECTIVE DISORDER (SAD). What are the symptoms of SAD? Typical symptoms of seasonal affective disorder include: ·low mood ·lacking energy ·sleeping for longer and struggling to get up in the morning ·overeating ·not enjoying things you usually do ·difficulty with concentration and memory.. SAD occurs due to lack of exposure to sunlight: this inhibits a part of the brain called the hypothalamus to work properly, which may affect the production of melatonin - AKA the happy hormone.. LONELINESS. Loneliness is described to be a feeling of sadness because one has no friends or company. Loneliness may be heightened during the winter months as we spend more time indoors, we have less interaction with other people than we usually would if we left the house - even to pop to the shops! The days are shorter and darker - this can lead us to feel more isolated and in turn have deeper feelings of loneliness.. LACK OF ROUTINE A routine is described as "a usual or fixed way of doing things" according to the Cambridge English dictionary. Therefore a lack of routine is simply not having a usual or fixed way or doing things. It is important to realise how carrying out specific tasks such as getting up at the same time everyday and carrying out the same daily activities counts as having a routine. During winter time: many people are driven indoors and are unable to carry out regular daily activities such as seeing friends or going on walks.. LACK OF PURPOSE If you are experiencing a lack of purpose in your life, you may feel constantly bored, dissatisfied or empty, like life has no meaning.. This feeling can become greater during the winter months, due to social isolation and lack of usual routine or activities. All of these factors mentioned above can contribute to poor mental health and the winter months can make these things occur or worsen..

(32) How to look after yourself and signs that you may be suffering in winter time If you’ve noticed that you’re feeling a bit low, less enthusiastic or you’ve lost your sense of humour then this may indicate that you’re feeling the effects of weather. Other signs can include: Irritability Seek support Feelings of loneliness or despair If you consider your Feelings of worthlessness symptoms to have persisted for too long, or if Low self-esteem you are finding it hard to Feeling tearful manage or cope on your Feeling stressed own. Speak to your friends, Overeating family or GP. Social withdrawal. Be kind to yourself and normalise what you are experiencing. It is normal to experience a change of mood when things in life change. We have all had an a challenging time over the last few years. But remember, it’s how we respond to these changes that can make a difference. Try to go easy on yourself and show yourself the same kindness and compassion as you would to others.. Do more of what you love. Take the time to do the things that you love doing. Whether that’s reading, listening to music, doing a crossword, chatting to your loved ones or baking, for example. Doing things we enjoy can give us something to look forward to and then taking part in an activity can give us a sense of satisfaction and happiness. Our brain will in turn release its happy hormones, making us feel better.. Enjoy the daylight Stay in touch. Get social with others. Call up a friend, neighbour, relative or family member and have a chat. Maybe you could even set up a video chat to see each others faces! Make some plans for the future, enjoy a cup of tea or just have a well needed catch up with your nearest and dearest. Exposure to light is so important during the shorter daylight hours. Getting more light can help improve symptoms of seasonal affective disorder (SAD). You could try brightening up your home environment by opening curtains and blinds, making a conscious effort to let in as much sunlight as possible. Or getting outside when you can by scheduling time during your day..

(33) MY DAILY DIARY IN THIS SECTION, WE ENCOURAGE YOU TO NOTE DOWN ANYTHING YOU HAVE ACHIEVED ON EACH DAY. An example of something achieved may be something as simple as getting out of bed, reading a book or having a telephone conversation. Think of it as like a motivational countdown to Christmas! 1.. 2.. 3.. 4.. 5.. 6.. 7.. 8.. 9.. 10.. 11.. 12.. 13.. 14.. 15.. 16.. 17.. 18.. 19.. 20.. 21.. 22.. 23.. 24..

(34) Being worried, low or not feeling yourself aren't just part of getting older - they're important signs that you're not feeling as well as you should be. Our mental health affects how we think and feel, and how we cope with life’s ups and downs. As we move through different stages of life and our circumstances change, our mental health can change too. We’ve all faced a lot of challenges this year. You may have found your own ways of coping, but it’s also natural to feel overwhelmed by it all. If things are starting to get on top of you, you don’t need to try and cope alone. There is support out there that can help.. HERE ARE A FEW USEFUL LINKS. The SCCCC website https://scccc.co.uk/ and phone number (0114) 250 5293 for information about their befriending team and can get you in touch with different services if you are feeling like you aren't coping. Age UK website https://www.ageuk.org.uk/ and phone number 0800 678 1602 if you need someone to reassure you ,gain advice or just want a chat NHS website https://www.england.nhs.uk/ for further information and links to help you look after your mental health in winter time The Independent Age website https://www.independentage.org/ and phone number 0800 319 6789for advice and support on issues that matter to you Samaritans website https://www.samaritans.org/ and phone number 116 123 will help you at times at crisis and will be able to face it with you.

(35) How to get up from a fall: using your arms. 1: Turn on to your back. 2: Roll over on to your side. 5: Lift your bottom 4: Put your arms behind to prop yourself onto a sturdy object, e.g a seat cushion up. 7: Push up to lift bottom onto the chair. 3: Push up using your arms. 6: Push to the back of the object/cushion. 8: Sit down and relax until you feel safe to move.Contact someone to let them know you have fallen.. Source: https://www.parkinsonsnsw.org.au/how-can-i-get-up-from-the-floor/. If you are injured and require help do not hesitate to contact emergency services..

(36) How to get up from a fall: using your knees. 1: Turn on to your back 2: Roll over on to your side. 3: Use your arms to push up. 4: Try to turn, using your hands and knees to push up. 5: Hold on to furniture to stabilise yourself and kneel. 6: Put your strongest leg forward to push up. 8: Turn around slowly, with support from the furniture. 9: Sit down and relax until you feel safe to move.Contact someone to let them know you have fallen.. 7: Stand up using furniture to support you. Source: https://www.parkinsonsnsw.org.au/how-can-i-get-up-from-the-floor/.

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