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Image of the Wise Guide logo above people sitting outsideSupport for older residents

Welcome to The Wise Guide

This is Fareham Borough Council's guide for our older residents. Formerly known as the Billy Book, The Wise Guide provides a directory of useful contacts to help older people stay healthy, independent, social and active.

It is estimated that one in every eight households across Hampshire is occupied by a pensioner living alone and Fareham has experienced the largest rise of residents aged over 85 across Hampshire in the last 20 years.

Loneliness and social isolation can be a problem for some older people, so The Wise Guide has been produced to provide a one-stop directory addressing the needs of older people in the Fareham Community and help them remain active and engaged in their community and reduce isolation and loneliness.

While you may not personally feel you need this directory of contacts yourself, we urge you to share the details with friends, family or neighbours who may find it useful or have family members who will.

Hard copies are avilable from the Civic Offices, Fareham Library or from Shopmobility.

You can also download the PDF to print The Wise Guide at home PDF (1 MB)

Live Longer Better

This is Hampshire County Council's guide to helping you find ways to stay independent, live life to the full and keep doing what you love. If you're in your 60s, 70s or beyond, you can take positive steps now to improve your health and live longer, better.

Whether you are still active and well, or just starting to feel a shift in how you feel, investing more in your health now can shape your next 10 years.

Find out more at the Live Longer Better website External Hyperlink.

Activities around the Borough for older residents

There are a variety of social, craft and active groups for older residents which take place at community centres, leisure centres and church halls as well as other community buildings. Information on these can be found on their websites. If you would like to share your activity below, please email

Dementia Musical Moments: Every fourth Tuesday of the month 2-3:30pm at Florence Court Care Home (PO15 5FF). Free drop in session. Call 01489 555900 to find out more

Don't Dine Alone: Older people are invited for a nutritious lunch available every Wednesday from 12:30pm at Florence Court Care Home (PO15 5FF). Please call 01329 655858 to book.

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