Groundbreaking Project for Peterborough Care Homes

Through friendly, expert support, we can transform the lives of vulnerable older people 

Action for Elders is proud to announce a new programme for Care Homes in Peterborough, beginning on October 11.

Fit and Balanced Lives is aimed at supporting residents of Werrington Lodge care home to become physically active, improve their mobility and create positive attitudes towards exercise.

The project, supported by Sport England* in partnership with community development initiative Groundwork, is for older people aged 65+ who are either residents or live nearby. There are currently around 60 residents at the care home, with conditions that include dementia, disabilities and long-term problems such as diabetes.

Balanced Lives has achieved startling results up and down the UK including Wales, York and Sheffield. It has successfully adapted to a wide range of needs and health conditions while retaining the personal touch.

Activities Co-ordinator at Werrington Lodge, Kay Windsor says:

“Our residents tend to have poor physical mobility and many have lost the confidence to be physically active, particularly if they’ve had a fall. We do our best to support them, but our team doesn’t have in-house expertise in the holistic approach offered by Action for Elders.”

The Fit and Balanced Lives project is a groundbreaking model for care homes, which tackles negative attitudes towards physical activity, while encouraging residents and older neighbours to make exercise a regular and integral part of their lives.

*According to Sport England, 54% of people aged 75 and over are physically inactive, which means they do less than 30 minutes of physical activity per week. For people with long term health conditions – many of whom live in care homes – this figure is much higher.

The Fit and Balanced Lives project begins on Wednesday October 11 and is open to the wider community as well as residents.

It takes place at:

Werrington Lodge Care Home,

Baron Court,

Werrington Meadows,

Peterborough.

PE4 7ZF 

Through friendly, expert support, we aim to transform the lives of older people through weekly two-hour classes at the home, which take a holistic, sustainable approach to improving physical mobility, by also addressing mental wellbeing, preventative health and social isolation.

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Further News...

Reduce falls and Save Lives

The methods used in our Balanced Lives programme lead to a significant reduction in falls by older people and can actually save lives, new research suggests.

Gary Zhang, writing in the i Newspaper reports that training in the art of making calm, flowing movements while breathing deeply has been found to make older people 40 per cent less likely to experience falls.

A new study, published by the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society found that tai chi practice has proved to be highly effective in fall prevention. This news is significant as falls are second only to road traffic accidents as a cause of accidental injury deaths worldwide.

Our Balanced Lives programme focuses on strength, mobility and flexibility. It’s designed to produce results over a number of weeks. The study suggests that three to six months of light weekly training is needed to prevent falls.

Falls are surprisingly common: a third of adults over 65 will experience at least one fall a year. For falls that cause actual injuries, the benefits are even higher with a recorded improvement of 50 per cent in older adults.

The study by Dr Lomas-Vega, is published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society