COG 3 are continuing to work on their priorities; falls, dementia and social isolation. Falls prevention information pack has been produced, which provides advice and guidance for individuals at risk of falls to help them remain safe and independent. A ‘Dementia Drop in’ event was held at Llanrwst to raise awareness and gave the public an opportunity to have a chat with professionals on developing Llanrwst as a future dementia friendly community.
The Loneliness and Social Isolation Task and Finish Group are currently reviewing how people approach retirement. Information collated by the group highlighted a number of examples where people have moved to Conwy to retire with their partners but away from other family members. In some instances one partner may fall ill, or pass away which therefore leaves individuals at risk of becoming socially isolated due to loneliness, ill health or location. Subsequently the group have developed two questionnaires to gain a better understanding of how people plan for their retirement. One ‘pre-retirement questionnaire’ to establish if people plan, what age, and what for. The other questionnaire is ‘post retirement’ to gain an understanding of the views of those who have already retired. The results will enable employers and employees to gain an understanding of the reality of retirement not just the financial element, and encourage individuals before they retire to consider the emotional and wellbeing aspects of their future lives.
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