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Hertfordshire County Council

Long term health conditions

Find local support services and trusted sources of advice to help with a range of long term health conditions.

You'll also find great tips to stop smoking and keep active at Health in Herts.

Your local library also has information to help you manage your condition.


People around 70, and sometimes younger, begin a ‘slowing down’ process related to the effects of ageing on their body.


COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease)

  • Introduction to COPD (NHS Choices) – info on clinical trials, causes and treatments. Also, local services near you, including stop smoking clinics, carers groups and weight loss services.
  • British Lung Foundation (COPD) – great information on causes, diagnosis, treatment and how to manage your COPD. Telephone and email support services are also available.

Dementia (memory loss and difficulties with language or problem-solving)

  • Age UK (Hertfordshire) – help with claiming benefits, Lasting Power of Attorney, equipment, local social activities and recommended handyperson and home help services.
  • Alzheimer's Society – info about the types of dementia, their symptoms and how it's diagnosed. Plus a dementia helpline and online community.
  • Advice for carers on how to help someone live well with dementia (NHS Choices).

Depression and anxiety


Heart disease


Self-management courses

New Leaf College (Hertfordshire’s wellbeing college) provides a range of free courses to help you to take better control of your health and happiness.

Browse the wellbeing courses