Physical activity for older adults celebrated across Trafford as part of region’s Active Ageing Week.
This week, the spotlight will shine on the physical activities for older adults that are available all across the region.
Currently, 4 in 10 older adults (55+) in Greater Manchester are inactive. The week aims to change that by promoting physical activity within the age group and the benefits of being active.
One example that is thriving in Trafford is the Walking Group in Partington, which goes out from Partington Methodist Church on a Wednesday morning from 10:00am-12:00pm.
Barbara Burgess from Partington joined when her daughter saw the walks advertised.
Barbara was very socially isolated and had lost all confidence in going out so herdaughter took the morning off work to attend the walking group with her, and take her out for lunch. Barbara explained how nervous she was: “I was shaking that much that I couldn’t complete the registration forms”. Since then, Barbara has built her confidence and is now attending up to four walking groups a week all over Trafford. “I absolutely love walking and talking to people. and have lost almost four stone and noticed a massive difference in my health.”
Councillor Brenda Warrington, Portfolio Lead of Age-Friendly Greater Manchester, said: “Inactivity in later life is an issue we must address. Greater Manchester is the UK’s first region to be recognised as age-friendly by the World Health Organization and part of our age-friendly strategy is to encourage older people to get more physically and socially active. It really is never too late to start, and the Active Ageing programme makes it easier for older adults of all abilities across the region to access a wide-range of different types of activity. I encourage everyone to give it a go.”
Sara Tomkins, CEO of GreaterSport, the organisers of Active Ageing Week, said: “Being active is much more than just the physical benefits. Activity can reduce your risk of dementia by 30 per cent, improve your mental health and help with social isolation. It’s about the friendships that are made by getting out of the house and being active. We hope the week will inspire more older people to get moving, whether that’s by introducing a regular walk in the park, taking up a dance class or joining a locally organised session as part of the Active Ageing programme.”
Active Ageing Week includes an Active Ageing Workshop (1st August), where the research team from the University of Manchester will be showcasing the initial preliminary findings from the Greater Manchester Active Ageing Programme with the hope that organisations working with older adults across Greater Manchester may have a better of idea of the benefits of activity and how to include it in their lives.