New courses specifically designed to help older people with their emotional wellbeing are running in Cheltenham, Tewkesbury and the Cotswolds.
The free courses are being provided by Let’s Talk – part of ²gether NHS Foundation Trust – and the service is also offering to visit care homes and retirement complexes to hold sessions.
Jan Bagnall, of Let’s Talk, said: “We know that emotional wellbeing means different things to different people, and the challenges we all face can be different depending on what stage of life we are at.
“For example, older adults may have different pressures and worries to people who are younger, and by running a purpose designed course we will be able to deal with the particular issues impacting on this age group.
“Of course, older people are still more than welcome to attend our other courses, but if they want to join with people of a similar age then this is a great opportunity to do so.
“We can also go into care homes or retirement complexes, or visit groups who regularly meet up, and provide specially designed courses. We’d be delighted to hear from anyone who would benefit from our support.”
The Emotional Wellbeing for Older Adults course is designed to help provide the skills and strategies to help you feel better and maintain your overall emotional wellbeing in the company of people of a similar age.
There are five steps to the programme:
- Looking at diet, sleep and activity
- Challenging negative thinking
- Getting meaning and pleasure back
- Relationships and assertiveness
- Managing problems and difficult days
The course will provide you with useful and effective strategies and skills to help you look after yourself. It will also provide you with the foundations of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy should you wish to receive additional help from the Let’s Talk service in the future.
To find out when courses are running or enquire about hosting a course for a group you organise or a care home you manage, please ring Let’s Talk on 01242 634241.
A stress and anxiety course specifically designed for older people will begin in Cheltenham on April 25. To book a place please ring 0800 073 2200.
You can also find out more by visiting https://www.talk2gether.nhs.uk/.