We wish to attract people with heart problems to our group.
The Artful Dodgers has a strong ethos to assist members to ‘move on’ to lead a full, active and ‘normal’ life without undue emphasis on heart disease or taking on an illness identity that could restrict a return to ‘normal’ functioning.
Keeping socially active is identified as extremely important in regaining and maintaining good health in chronic disease and after a heart-related event or diagnosis.
The Group provides a focus for members, many of whom are retired. Meeting up with people regularly is of great value to the members, it reduces a sense of isolation. This is especially the case for members living alone and far from immediate family.
Most members feel it is important to be able to meet others ‘in the same boat’. This helps them by reassuring them that they were not alone and by giving them confidence in the potential for their own recovery and so help to develop a positive attitude about their long-term health.
What we'll deliver:
Why it's a great idea:
Lewisham has a population of about 286,000 people.
It is estimated that of these:
8,580 residents have coronary heart disease
4,290 have survived strokes
55,720 have hypertension (high blood pressure)
Depression is two or three times more common in people living with heart and circulatory disease and it can have a devastating impact on health and quality of life.
Membership of a cardiac support group is recognised to have overall health and wellbeing benefits. The group’s activities can raise individuals’ spirits, supply stimulation, and so is seen as giving both health and social benefits. It can reduce a sense of isolation by: providing activities and ‘something to do’ for participants; allowing contact with other people who have heart problems and people in general; and developing a sense of community. A friendly atmosphere can have a mood-boosting effect.
Meetings can also provide information on cardiac health and other matters of interest to members.
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