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Ageing Actively Wokingham

Posted: Fri, 19 Jul 2019 13:44

Ageing Actively Wokingham

The Ageing Actively project was devised in the winter of 2018 with the aim to help tackle loneliness and isolation in older people by using physical activity and social opportunities as the main driver.

WBC Sport & Leisure team developed a range of new opportunities which will help to encourage people aged 60 and over to become and stay active by offering a variety of sessions and activities.

To support those people isolated or lonely, the Sport & Leisure team recruited 12 volunteers in the early part of 2019 and trained them to become Senior Peer Mentors with the view of supporting older residents in the borough. By keeping active as possible, we may find improved mental wellbeing and physical health as well as finding that our opportunities to socialise increases and the reduction of loneliness and isolation.

The launch took place on the 1st July so the project is in its early stages however uptake has been encouraging. Sessions take place in WBC's Sheltered Scheme's, the borough country parks with the Walking for Health programme and sessions to help people with balance issues and those people living with dementia.

The project is a pilot after a small pot of funding was provided by Public Health and Tenant Service.

Sessions

  • Sheltered Scheme activities
  • Walking for Health
  • Steady Steps Falls Prevention
  • Sporting Memories Reminiscing project
  • Long Term Health Condition Gym and GP Referral programme.

Mentors

  • Sourced from SHINE Over 60's programme-Walking for Health and volunteer network

Partners

  • Adult Social Care
  • Optalis Occupational Therapists and management
  • GP Surgeries
  • GP Surgeries

Venues

After consulting residents in the boroughs sheltered schemes, we have established 7 sites to act as 'Community Hubs' to host activity sessions and social activities following the sessions.

We also have a number of locations where free health walks take place with social time along with the SHINE Over 60's activity sessions. Older people can also attend GP Referral and the Long Term Health conditions gym if they fit the criteria.

Activities

We have listed below a selection of activities that already take place across the borough:

  • Chair Based exercise
  • Falls prevention sessions
  • Movement to Music
  • Sheltered Scheme Activity sessions
  • Sporting Memories (to roll out May 2019)
  • Walking for Health

Some of the activities listed are free of charge whilst other will require individuals to pay a small fee to participate.

Tags: Older Adults

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