Well-being Advisor Sharon Pearce started the sessions after
realising that men in the Village were less likely to come and talk
about health problems. "I noticed when it comes to talking about
health and in particular men's health problems that men are
generally quite shy. They tend to bottle up their problems and
distance themselves from medical help and advice until absolutely
necessary and possibly too late."
"I believe these sessions are invaluable as they can help to
highlight early any future potential problems," she said. "They
give our male residents the opportunity to discuss any concerns
they may have and they know any discussions held and problems
identified will be handled professionally and confidentially. Help,
advice and support is given as required."
Sharon holds the sessions on the last Thursday of every month,
and offers blood pressure, cholesterol, blood sugar, and weight
checks to all of the men who come along.
Resident Merv Woodage said that he comes along to the event most
months. "I've had a triple bypass and I've got diabetes so I try to
come along most times. It's good to keep on top of these things and
I'm glad it's here."
Sharon said she would like to tell residents all across
ExtraCare that just five minutes of thinking about health could
make a difference. "Please visit your Well-being Advisor. You have
nothing to lose and everything to gain. What can be more important
than your health?"
Picture: Resident Billy Loake, 93, with
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