Health and Wellbeing
The Beth Johnson Foundation believes that positive ageing can be achieved through a cross generational exchange of knowledge, experience, information and skills.
At the heart of what we do is the engagement and involvement of older people who co-produce our work with us. In 2018, following ongoing consultation with older community members, BJF developed a project promoting positive health and wellbeing to older adults in Stoke on Trent. In particular, the project promoted the benefits of people learning to self-manage their health and wellbeing and offered support to access digital technology which could help them to enjoy a great quality of life.
The Healthy Generations project delivered Positive Ageing and Wellbeing programme sessions within community venues and virtually over Zoom. The programme sessions included: Digital Wellbeing & Staying Safe Online; Creativity and Wellbeing; Emotional Wellbeing; Physical Wellbeing and Healthy Eating.
Healthy Generations also offered a variety of interactive social support group sessions – a significant outcome from these sessions were three free and accessible publications, celebrating and promoting the achievements of group members:
“I feel I have more confidence, I feel better about myself”
Here are just a few things that people have said about our sessions
“It was so good to finally be able to get onto Zoom! I’ve been feeling really lost since my cancer support group sessions had to go online and now I’ll be able to join in again. Thank you so much!”
“I have a lot of Health issues on at the moment, if I had to cope with those health issues without the support I’m having from these sessions, I think it would have been extremely difficult for my wellbeing”
“I was in hospital last weekend and I had to have this horrible test done and I was actually remembering about the relaxation breathing techniques and doing the deep breathing and instead of thinking about what they were doing.”
Positive Ageing through Health and Wellbeing remains a central objective for the Beth Johnson Foundation and working with our members and supporters we aim to develop new activities building on the excellent achievements of the Health Generations Project.