Health and Wellbeing
The Health and Wellbeing Group meets once a month on the third Friday of every month at the Physic Garden Room between 10.30 and 12.00 and is limited to 30 people. There are occasional sessions arranged for all U3A members on topics directly related to the full membership and these are publicised separately.
The aim of the group is to provide an opportunity for members to develop a better understanding of current issues which impact on the health and wellbeing of the population with some, but not exclusive, emphasis on those affecting older people.
The meetings can take various formats but frequently involve talks by health professionals in current practice as well as others from academic/research backgrounds. The talks are supported by question and discussion sessions which further explore the topic. The size of the group is kept sufficiently small to allow a free expression of views and interaction. Topics can include all aspects of health and wellbeing but the accent is on recent developments in the field and on looking to possible future developments.
On occasions there may be an opportunity to become involved in, and contribute to, health research programmes. Recently members have been involved in taking part in a research project at Surrey University on the relationship between Vision and Alzheimer’s disease as well as contributing to a doctoral programme on ethics in the health service.
Members are expected to commit to all the meetings whenever possible in order to ensure continuity of learning and development. Currently membership of the group includes people from across Petersfield U3A with varied backgrounds; some are ex-health professionals whilst others are simply interested in the topics we address. The meetings are not for hypochondriacs, free GP consultations, or for complaining!!
The programme for the 2020 year is under development.
Planned meetings for the first three months:
Fri Jan 17th Arthritis Jonathan Bunday on will be talking about arthritis with an opportunity to learn about latest developments in treatment and care.
Fri Feb 21st Physiotherapy Bev Ball is a practising physiotherapist and will be talking about treatments and therapies. There will also be a chance to get up to date with provision locally which under the new local NHS Primary Care Network is being reviewed and enhanced.
Fri Mar 20th Eye treatment for children Dr Marianne Coleman is an expert in Lazy Eye and other issues related to vision in young children which can often go un-diagnosed. An opportunity to explore this area – of particular interest to those with young children in their family or working in education.
To join the group contact the convenors, Peggy Pye or Andy Borthwick using the message link on the right.