As we get older, it is even more important to move more for our body and mind. We believe that everyone should have the opportunity to move and connect with others and the Greater Manchester Active Ageing Programme provides just that for over 55's.
The programme is a series of eight pilots, each in a different locality that uses common principles to address the local strategic needs and provide the much-needed opportunities. Sessions like the below are changing the way older adults see activity:
Following retirement, Barbara found herself struggling physically, mentally and socially, to the extent that she was in severe pain physically and struggled to talk. After being convinced to join a walking group with Trafford's Walking for Health programme, all aspects of Barbara's life began to improve, with her family all noticing the change in her.
Gordon has been married to his wife for 55 years and after having to make the difficult decision to move her to a care home, increased his walking and completed a half marathon all at the age of 83. Through attending Link4Life's walking sessions, the social aspect has helped take his mind off the struggles of dealing with his wife’s dementia, releasing endorphins and reducing stress. Gordon has inspired many others at Vets in the Community and the Walking Group to do more exercise.
The Keep on Keep Up app has been developed released for free to help reduce the high risk of falls and physical decline in older people self-isolating during the COVID-19 Lockdown.