Limegrove Care home launch exercise programme for older people
A pioneering exercise regime aimed at older people is being launched in a care home in East Horsley on Thursday 3 October.
Terry Keen, 73, who has spearheaded the health campaign led by Anchor and Sport England, will launch the 10 Today exercise sessions at Limegrove care home in St Martin's Close – the first care home in the country to benefit from an exercise session personally supervised by Terry.
The residents from Limegrove will be joined by members of the local community for the 10 Today session which will be part of a wellness day of activities including smoothie taster sessions, hand massages and healthy baking classes with schoolchildren.
Terry will then hold sessions on Friday 11 October at Eastlake care home in Nightingale Road, Godalming, and Glendale, Ambleside Avenue, Walton-On-Thames. On Thursday 17 October he will hold sessions for care home residents and the public at Linwood, Mercer Close, Thames Ditton, and Thameside, Beldham Gardens, West Molesey.
Previously Terry, a fitness instructor from Reigate, has toured retirement housing properties across England, encouraging older people to remain active by taking part in the 10-minute exercises.
A report by Anchor, in association with the think tank Demos, found that physical inactivity of older people will cost the NHS more than £1.3bn by 2030. The report also highlights how inactivity contributes to poorer physical health, cognitive decline, reduced emotional wellbeing and loneliness.
By taking part in 10 Today three times a week, older people can meet the 30 minutes of moderate physical activity a week target recommended by the Chief Medical Officer in the UK physical activity guidelines.
Terry said: “Inactivity in later life is an urgent issue that cannot be overlooked any longer.
“Everyone should have a chance to live life to the full, regardless of age. It’s imperative that our older generations are able to exercise in a way that suits their needs, to improve their wellbeing and reduce strain on the NHS, which is a lifeline for so many."
“10 Today provides a series of easy, accessible and enjoyable 10-minute videos, which can be done almost anywhere and at any time, in a group or alone, standing up or sitting down, and which can be adapted to different fitness levels.”
Sudhir Sijapati, Manager of Limegrove, said the residents and staff at the home are looking forward to the day.
He said: “We are thrilled Terry has chosen Limegrove as the first care home in the country to launch the 10 Today exercise.
“We know how exercise for all of our residents is important as it boosts their physical and mental wellbeing. We already organise regular exercise classes for our residents so this wellness day is an extension of this.”
Anyone wanting to attend a session at any of the Anchor care homes, can book a place by contacting Community Relations Manager Lucy Brown on 07483 113 396.
To watch or listen to the 10 Today workouts, visit: http://10today.co.uk/tune-in/