New health guide for older people being launched in Corby

A new health guide is being launched for Corby aimed at older people in the town.

It has been produced by Corby Clinical Commissioning Group and is being launched at an event at the Autumn Centre, Counts Farm Road, in the town, on Thursday, September 27.

The guide will be available from a range of outlets, and contains useful, practical advice for older people on a range of symptoms and conditions, as well as information about local services and support. It has been produced with input from members of Corby Older Persons’ Health Forum.

To launch it, a range of health professionals and organisations will be at centre, from 10am until midday, and residents can drop in to ask them questions.

There will also be free body mass index, blood pressure and pulse checks, as well as advice from GPs, dementia care advisors, wardens from sheltered housing in the town, the community diabetes team and Northamptonshire Carers.

Dr Peter Wilczynski, chairman designate of the commissioning group, said, “We’re delighted with the guide and want to encourage as many older people as possible to pick up a copy so they can understand more about keeping healthy in later life.

“I’d encourage everyone to come along to the launch event. It’s an opportunity to find out more about the guide and meet a range of healthcare professionals including GPs, hospital staff and health trainers who can offer information and advice.”

Sylvia Smith, chairman of Corby Older Persons’ Health Forum said, “This guide has been a great opportunity for us to work with Corby Clinical Commissioning Group and their healthcare partners. In partnership with all of them we have created a useful guide written by older people for older people and we are really pleased with what we have achieved.

“We want to ensure that there are opportunities for us all to age well and experience a more positive and healthier older age and we hope that our guide will support the over 55s in doing just that.”

The guide is supported by Corby Council, Northamptonshire Healthcare Foundation Trust, Kettering General Hospital and Northamptonshire County Council.

Copies can be picked up from Corby Council’s One Stop Shop at The Cube, Thursfield Pharmacy in Corporation Street, the Autumn Centre, Willowbrook Health Centre and all GP practices.

They will also be distributed by the council’s sheltered housing team and Age UK Northamptonshire. An online version will be available at