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Over 50’s encouraged to age well

10 June 2013

Staff from Bedfordshire CCG were on hand to talk health with the over-50s in Bedford last week at the town’s annual Ageing Well Exhibition. “It’s been a great opportunity to promote healthy living among a group of people who are keen to learn more about what’s available,” said BCCG strategic engagement co-ordinator Sarah Frisby.

“It’s also been an opportunity for this group to find out how they can get more involved in the decisions we are making about healthcare in Bedfordshire.”

The event took place at the Corn Exchange, Bedford on Tuesday 5 June. More than 50 organisations turned up to help visitors improve the way they manage their health and wellbeing as they get older. They included charities such as the Alzheimers Society, and local and national government organisations including the Department of Work and Pensions and Bedford Borough Council.

Other healthcare organisations attending included Horizon Health, which offered free NHS health checks to visitors, and Bedfordshire Cancer Action Partnership.

Cancer survivor, Dave Chessum from Flitwick found the event useful. He said: “Everyone is here for one reason; to talk about health and wellbeing. It brings together a range of groups that you might not know under one roof. I feel comfortable chatting to those running the stalls about specific concerns and there is plenty of information to take away.”

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