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The first-ever Stamford Heath in Retirement event is held at the town hall

Stamford retirees have been urged to take better care of themselves.

The message was given and received by almost 50 people in a first event of its kind at Stamford Town Hall on Wednesday (October 9).

‘Stamford Health in Retirement’ was hosted by Evergreen Care Trust, Stamford and District Lions, Stamford Town Hall and The Broad Street Practice.

Keith Spurr, Mayor Breda Griffin and Harrish Bisnauthsing
Keith Spurr, Mayor Breda Griffin and Harrish Bisnauthsing

It featured information on services and support through a range of stands and multiple guest speakers.

Keith Spurr, a patient representative who helped organise the event, said its aim was to give people information on how to stay as strong and healthy as possible, including having an active mind.

Introducing the event, Evergreen chief executive Louise Marsh said people must learn about the impact of lifestyle choices such as food, drink, finance and staying connected with people.

Dr Hellen Stellmacher,who is currently based in Oakham but moving to Broad Street Practice in Stamford next year, gave a 30-minute talk discussed how age effects health and the body, suggesting ways to minimise the impact.

The GP of 30 years touched upon the impact of diet and weight, alcohol consumption, physical activity, consulting GPs and different types of illnesses.

Lisa Gibson, the Lincolnshire Community Voluntary Service social proscribing lead for South Lincolnshire, spoke on the volunteer options available with a range of activities in the local area.

Those attending the event were also able to hear about finance, volunteering and preparing for life in retirement.

They received leaflets suggesting social activities they can enjoy to to improve their health. A questions and answers session ended the event.

Coun Harrish Bisnauthsing, who also helped organise the afternoon, said the event was well received with people interested in what the speakers said.

A similar event would probably run next year.

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