As we get older, things can become more difficult. Whether it’s getting out as often, doing things around the house or staying active. If you or a loved one needs help to stay socially or physically active or needs help around the home, take a look at some of the organisations that might be able to help you in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire.
Aberdeenshire LifeLine Service
This is a service offered by the council to older people who need support or help to live independently at home. The service is a community alarm and telecare service that covers a range of devices to help keep people safe at home. Community alarms are pendants that include a button which can be pressed at any time to call for support and arrange help if needed. There are also additional technologies that can be used to help support people to live in their own home. You can find out more and make referrals on the council website.
Football Memories Aberdeen
If you or your loved one is a fan of football then these sessions might be for you! Offering the opportunity to reminesce about football in a dementia friendly space, these sessions are a great opportunity to bring people together, meet others and trigger personal memories through a love of football. More information about this project can be found on the AFCCT website.
Men’s sheds are community spaces for men to connect, have conversations and create. They’re all about sharing skills and having fun and are typically for older men who are facing social isolation and loneliness (but younger men and women do also get involved). Activities can range from woodwork to metalwork to electronics to model building – whatever the Shedders choose to do! There are several across Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire, explore the interactive map on the Scottish Men’s Shed Association website to find one near you.
Positive Dementia Group Aberdeen
Every second Tuesday of the month Alzheimer’s Scotland run a Positive Dementia Group at the Dementia Resource Centre from 10:30 to 12:00. The group offers support and the opportunity to share experiences of living with dementia, as well as a chance to get involved in Alzheimer’s Scotland campaigns and research. Find out more about the group on their website.
Alhemier’s Scotland also offer a range of other activities like Boogie in the Bar and Cake & Curl across Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire. Explore their interactive map to find activities near you or your loved one.
A national charity that is dedicated to tackling isolation and loneliness among older people in the UK by providing free monthly tea parties for small groups of older people aged 75+. The tea parties are run by a network of over 12,000 volunteers and offer older people vital and regular friendship once a month.
Volunteers collect their guest from their home and take them to a volunteer hosts house where they enjoy a range of cakes, home bakes and, of course, a cup of tea (or coffee) with other diners and volunteers. There are a range of groups that happening on a monthly basis in the Aberdeen area.
Silver City Surfers
Silver City Surfers is a small charity based in Aberdeen who run classes and provide support to older people who want to navigate technology. Whether it’s using an iPad or setting up an email account, Silver City Surfers can help. They run tech talks on a range of topics and free drop-in sessions. Find out more on their website.
Sport Aberdeen offer a range of services and activities for older adults, including Active Lifestyles Membership (65+), Move More Aberdeen and Health Walks.
Move More Aberdeen offers a range of activities for those living with health conditions, there is a professional referral or online self-referral form for those interested.
Health Walks are at a variety of levels from First Steps which is aimed at older adults who haven’t been very active to Hill Walking for the physically able and fit. They also run dementia friendly walks for people living with dementia, their family and carers.
Additionally, each year in June Sport Aberdeen hold the Golden Games which offer people the chance to try their hand at new sports and physical activity. Keep an eye out on the Sport Aberdeen website for more information about the festival!
Information about the different services Sport Aberdeen offer can be found on their website.
The Living Well Project Befriending
The Living Well Project run a befriending service a trained volunteer and older person are matched. Befriending provides older people with social contact, a chance to meet new people and make friends. The aim of the service is to help alleviate loneliness and social isolation, in particular for those older people living alone who may not have relatives or friends that live nearby. Find out more about the befriending service on the Living Well Project website.
The Living Well Cafes
In addition to the befriending service, the Living Well Project also runs cafes providing a safe and welcoming space for people living with dementia and/or memory problems. Each week there are also a range of fun and sociable activities such as puzzles, aqua painting and boccia. The Cafes currently run at Newhills Church, Oldmachar Church, Ferry Hill Church and High Church Hilton on Tuesdays. Find out more on their website.
Walking Football – Aberdeen FC Community Trust
Walking football takes place at the Beach Leisure Centre and is open to anyone of all abilities, providing a space to play football at a slower pace and enjoy the benefits of taking part in sport! The project has been running for three years and people aged 35 – 72 have taken part, the sessions are open to men and women. Find out more on the AFCCT website.