Ask Dr Miriam

Daily Mirror (Northern Ireland) - - DR MIRIAM STOPPARD -

Q

I’m liv­ing in shel­tered ac­com­mo­da­tion but I feel I’m not keep­ing my­self fit. I won­der if it’s pos­si­ble to have some ex­er­cise ses­sions in the care home.

A

What a good idea. But first you have to speak to your man­ager to see if some fit­ness ses­sions would be pos­si­ble.

To­gether you could dis­cuss or­gan­i­sa­tions that might be able to of­fer in­for­ma­tion on classes like Later Life Train­ing (lat­er­life­train­ing.co.uk) which will pro­vide you with a list of trained ex­er­cise in­struc­tors. The Ex­tend or­gan­i­sa­tion ar­ranges com­mu­nity-based ex­er­cise classes for older peo­ple. Re­gional con­tacts are listed on its web­site (ex­tend. org.uk).

Your lo­cal Na­tional Os­teo­poro­sis So­ci­ety (nos.org. uk) sup­port group may also be able to pro­vide de­tails of classes in your area.

The Tai Chi Union for Great Bri­tain (taichi­u­nion.com) could also per­haps help you set up a Tai Chi ses­sion in your care home. Tai Chi is par­tic­u­larly good for older peo­ple be­cause it’s been shown to pre­vent falls.

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