Older People’s Day takes place tomorrow (October 1) and this year’s theme is getting and staying active in later life.
Local organisations working with older people are marking the day by promoting the benefits of physical activity for older people and highlighting the local opportunities that are on offer.
Demonstrations of activities available for older people will take place in Ashburner Street Market from 10am until 3pm on Friday (October 1). These include chair-based exercises, Tai Chi, and short health walks and professionals will be on hand to take blood pressures.
NHS Bolton staff will be at the market to give out advice and copies of the Physical Activities Directory, which gives information about activities for over 50s throughout the borough. The directory can be found online via the link on the right.
Away from the market, the Get Active team will be at Royal Bolton Hospital on Friday from 10am to 3pm, promoting Older People’s Day and the benefits of getting and staying active.
Staying active in later life provides many benefits, such as: maintaining independence; maintaining and increasing social networks; community engagement; learning new skills; and increasing energy levels and zest for life.
To coincide with Older People’s Day, the Asian Elders Resource Centre will be hosting a Getting and Staying Active Event. Activities will include yoga and healthy eating demonstrations, and older people are welcome to drop in to the centre, based at 61 Northfield Street, Deane, between 11.00am and 3.00pm.
Bolton Council offers free swimming for people aged 60 and above at any of the borough’s leisure centres. The free offer also includes activities ranging from aerobics, gym, bowls, badminton and Tai Chi.
Councillor Elaine Sherrington, Executive Member for Adult and Community Services, said: “Encouraging people to prepare well for and enjoy a positive later life benefits individuals and society as a whole.
“The activities available on Friday and the ongoing free opportunities in our leisure centres – from swimming to Tai Chi – mean that there will be something for everyone to enjoy.”
Lesley Jones, Deputy Director of Public Health at NHS Bolton said: “Taking part in physical activity is something that everyone can do, regardless of age.
“Just a short amount of physical activity can make a major contribution towards health. It can also help raise spirits, which is an important part of staying healthy.
“The activities provided during the day are excellent examples of how exercise can also be fun, and we hope as many people take part as possible.”