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Stay healthy and well during the coronavirus outbreak

It is important to continue looking after your health and wellbeing, even during these difficult times.


You might have underlying health conditions and feel anxious about how coronavirus could affect you.

You can find information around long term conditions such as cancer, diabetes and heart conditions on this page.

It's also important to try to stay physically active too. Not only does it keep your body in good shape but it's great for your mental and emotional health too.

With social distancing and social isolation the new normal, the usual options of going to the gym, an exercise class or other regular activities are not available.

The government has lots of information on what you can and can't do for sport and recreation.

If you're heading out to the countryside for exercise, see the advice for accessing green spaces safely.

There are also lots of ideas to help you stay physically active at home.

Here are just a few to get you inspired:

Online exercise

There's also lots of online exercise sessions that you can take part in. Here are just a few, you can search for more:

Stop smoking

Evidence is mounting that people who smoke are at greater risk from coronavirus.

It might not feel like the right time to stop but it can be one of the best things that you can do for your health.

Our Live Life Better Derbyshire service offers free stop smoking advice for all Derbyshire residents and is offering telephone support, tel: 0800 085 2299.

Nutrition and healthy eating

Trying to eat a healthy, balanced diet can be difficult at the best of times but it's still important to try to eat well during the current pandemic.

There's lots of advice and help around the eat well guidance from the NHS.

The World Health Organisation has also produced food and nutrition tips during self-quarantine.

Older people

It's vital that older and vulnerable people are able to access the food that they need.

If you, or someone you know, is struggling to get food then they can request help from our Community Response Unit.

The British Dietetic Association have produced guides to help ensure that older and vulnerable people are able to shop, and eat, well during the coronavirus outbreak.

It includes information about store cupboard basics, a food shopping guide for older people and a guide on opening hours for all supermarkets, but please check with your local store before visiting.

Underlying health conditions

Cancer

If you have cancer, you might be worried about how coronavirus affects you. The most important thing is to follow the advice from the NHS and your healthcare team.

Get advice and information from:

Terminal illness

If a family member or friend is living with a terminal illness, or if you have a terminal illness yourself, you may be worried about coronavirus (COVID-19). Some people living with a terminal illness may be at higher risk of experiencing more serious complications from coronavirus.

Marie Curie has information on Coronavirus (COVID-19) if you're affected by terminal illness.

Dementia

The Derbyshire Dementia Support service are continuing to provide information, support and guidance to those who need it. However, there are some changes to how this support is provided.

Face to face and home visits are currently suspended along with local group support sessions. However, the service is now offering online groups.

The teams will increase the number of keeping in touch telephone calls with service users to help support their wellbeing and guard against isolation and are also extending the operating hours of the national dementia connect support line.

Get advice and guidance from trained advisors email: derbyshire@alzheimers.org.uk or tel: 01332 208845.

Dementia Talking Pointis also an online community where people affected by dementia can get support.

The Alzheimer's Society has also published information for people affected by dementia.

Any community groups or individuals that wish to support vulnerable adults during this time can contact Alzheimer's Society for information and guidance. This includes how to access their online Dementia Friends awareness sessions.

Drug and alcohol support

You can get drug and alcohol support from: