Memories of more active days
The Wells Park practice in south-east London is helping keep its elderly patients alert, active and in touch with each other by hosting twice-weekly reminiscence groups.
A health worker is on hand to answer queries, which can be fed back to GPs and other clinicians.
Some of the group members have also volunteered to work with children's summer camps and youth clubs, helping teach the youngsters life skills such as how to prepare healthy meals.
Dr Brian Fisher, a GP at the practice who helped set the scheme up in conjunction with the PCT and Lewisham Community Development Partnership, said it was 'a health improvement factor'. He said: 'Good community engagement is linked to better recovery rates and healthier lifestyles.'
Volunteer Samantha Humphries said: 'It gives patients a chance to get out every week and meet people like themselves.'