At Active Living Support we understand that physical activity and exercise can help you stay healthy, energetic and independent as you get older. There’s strong evidence that people who are active have a lower risk of heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, some cancers, depression and dementia. If you want to stay pain-free, reduce your risk of mental illness, and be able to go out and stay independent, well into old age, you’re advised to keep moving and stay active and that’s where Active Living can help.
As you get older you may be more prone to falls. There are many different risk factors that contribute to falls, but muscle weakness and poor balance underlie most falls. Exercise is effective in lowering falls risk in older adults, especially strength and resistance training and dynamic balancing.
One of the benefits of attending any of our sessions, is the opportunity to meet new people. Social isolation and loneliness can affect approximately one-third to one-half of those aged over 60 and this can have a negative impact on their physical and mental health. Research has shown that a lack of social relationships is as strong a risk factor for mortality as smoking, obesity or lack of exercise. It can also cause a decline in mobility, so even if you do not want to participate in one of our more active sessions you can still benefit from our social activities such as chess, snooker or our coffee/cake mornings.
There are numerous benefits of peer to peer learning, so if your great at chess or snooker, can bake a cake or great at golf, why not volunteer some time with Active Living Support.