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Age Scotland Run Healthy Active Ageing Workshops for Trust Housing Association Residents

Age Scotland Run Healthy Active Ageing Workshops for Trust Housing Association Residents

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Trust Housing Association invited Age Scotland to run healthy active ageing showcase events at 18 of their premises across Scotland.  The workshops were supported by funding from the Life Changes Trust.  Activities included the strength and balance bingo game- a fun way of getting everyone moving, and almost everyone can move: the activities showcased are based on NHS exercices for older people and there’s a seated option for most of them.

The showcases focused on strength and balance because these are particularly important for long term health.  If people don’t look after these aspects of physical health, muscles will deteriorate gradually from age 35, and a third of the bone density in our hips will be lost by age 80.  The good news is that because bone and muscle are living tissue we can build them up, whatever age we are, by doing simple exercises on a regular basis

The showcase doesn’t just focus on the body.  It also looks at what everyone can do, whatever their age, to keep the brain healthy.  A key message is that any concerns  about changes in our thinking abilities are best shared with a doctor, sooner rather than later.  Surveys have found that people are far more likely to see a doctor about physical aches and pains than they are for problems affecting thinking, memory or communication abilities.   Yet many of the causes of such symptoms can be stabilised or even reversed.  If something that can’t be cured is responsible, such as dementia, then getting a diagnosis is an important step towards getting the support and treatment that can enable someone to live well with the condition.

Doug Anthoney, Training Programme Officer with Age Scotland said

“It’s not possible to guarantee that someone will never get dementia, but there are things that we can all do to reduce the risk of dementia.  Our showcase highlights these: from eating well to challenging ourselves to learn new things.

So far there’s been a lot of laughs in our showcase events with Trust residents: from Newton Stewart to Stornoway.  We’re serious about our message, but that doesn’t mean that we take ourselves too seriously, and when learning is fun it’s more likely to stick.”