P724 CEEFAX 724 Sun 9 Apr 02:25/11       1/6  AGEING 'FLL: HEALTH AND CONFIDENCE Age Concern has its own response to the Govdrnment's targets for the Health of the NationN Ageing 'fll is a wide-ranging new scheme involving a range of new information resoqrces and support structures to encourage people toward better health in later life. One of the emphases of the project is to promote better relationships between older people and their doctors, by suggesting ways to get more out of GP appointments  Contacts: page 729 Disabled TV/Radio Contacts
P724 CEEFAX 724 Sun 9 Apr 02:24/01       2/6  AGEING 'FLL: HEALTH AND CONFIDENCE Many people find they are intimidated by GPs, perhaps by their expertise of their formality. Add to this that someone who is feeling ill or worried by a health problem, might find it harder to be focused and assdrtiveN Many patients report that they leave the surgery feeling bewildered by the information they received, and wishing they had asked questions that they hadn't articulated at the time.  Contacts: page 729 Disabled TV/Radio Contacts
P724 CEEFAX 724 Sun 9 Apr 00:22/00       3/6  AGEING 'FLL: HEALTH AND CONFIDENCE YOU AND YOUR DOCTOR reminds readers that they are entitled to a second opinion - and have the right to change their doctor at will. It draws attention also to the fact that every surgery should have a PRACTICE LEAFLET, explaining which services are available there. But being aware of the facts and ones rights is not always enough to instill confidence during an interview with your doctor - a third party might be what's needed.  Contacts: page 729 Disabled TV/Radio Contacts
P724 CEEFAX 724 Sun 9 Apr 02:36/01       4/6  AGEING 'FLL: HEALTH AND CONFIDENCE All you need to do if yoq want to take someone with you to the doctor, is inform the receptionist. You could take a friend or relative, or, if you live on one of Age Concern's project pilot zones (see contacts on page 729) consider contacting one of Age Concern's Senior Health Mentors Senior Health Mentors are older volunteers specially trained to give information and advice on healthy living to older peopleN  Contacts: page 729 Disabled TV/Radio Contacts
P724 CEEFAX 724 Sun 9 Apr 02:37/53       5/6  AGEING 'FLL: HEALTH AND CONFIDENCE They are trained in representation skills, group work, and health issues, and could ask questions or take notes on your behalf. Older people may find they feel comfortable being encouraged by someone around their age, and l—y benefit from the formal support of an 'outside' bodyN Each pilot project has a co-ordinator who works closely with the Senior Health Mentors helping to develop their services.  Contacts: page 729 Disabled TV/Radio Contacts
P724 CEEFAX 724 Sun 9 Apr 02:31/02       6/6  AGEING 'FLL: HEALTH AND CONFIDENCE The Mentors are involved in all sorts of other activites to promote health, including physical activity and relaxation sessionsN They might take reminiscence or discussion groups on specific health topics, and in various settings, such as doctors' surgeries, health centres, clubs, health shops and leisure centres. If you are over 55 and live in one of Ageing 'fll's pilot areas, you could be a Senior Health Mentor.  Contacts: page 729 Disabled TV/Radio Contacts