This week I have been focusing my attention on the issue of care and support for those with dementia and their families. I met with the Dementia Action Alliance following the conference I attended last week. I am keen to work with this group to help raise their profile and see how services and support can be provided within communities.
I also attended the Prevention Matters conference which was organised for councillors to learn about ways to prevent ill health and promote staying well to those in their local communities. There are lots of things we can do to lead an active and healthy lifestyle and I hope many of my colleagues who attended the conference were as interested and engaged as I was in helping people to be more healthy.
Staying on the subject of health, Councillor Martin Veal (Conservative, Bathavon North) Cabinet Member for Community Services, this week attended an event to find out more about the first NHS health checks for taxi drivers in Bath and North East Somerset.
Our Licensing and Public Health teams are working together to offer the 30-minute health checks – part of a national programme for 40 to 74-year-olds – which aim to help people understand their risk of developing heart disease, stroke, diabetes and kidney disease. This is a very interesting project as the life of taxi drivers can be very sedentary and, at times, stressful. I hope that the checks prove useful to those taking part and will improve the health of our taxi drivers.
If you have been taking part in Dry January and abstaining from alcohol this month, keep up the good work. Reducing the amount of alcohol you drink can improve your health in many ways and prevent a range of diseases, so initiatives like this one are always worth supporting.
It wouldn’t be my blog without a mention of sport, but last weekend I enjoyed a different game. Following my guided tour around Bath City Farm to see their future plans for a larger café area, I attended the Bath City game at Twerton Park against Hampton and Richmond and really enjoyed the atmosphere.
I am also looking forward to getting back to rugby this weekend as Bath take on Bristol in the European Cup Challenge at Ashton Gate. Local derbies are always thrilling to watch.