Live Longer Better Update

Courses from iCareiMove

Move More Falls Prevention Courses

Starting again in September, this is open to people from Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.

Move More is a 25-week long digital course of Strength and Balance sessions for Falls Prevention and is delivered by the team at iCareiMove, following the FaME model for falls prevention.

The course is for anyone who has fallen, is afraid of, or at risk of falls. 

Attendees need access to the internet, a device such as an iPad, tablet or computer and an email address – or access to someone who has the above, as the sessions are running via Zoom. 

The sessions run live on Monday mornings at 10.15am, so attendees can exercise in the comfort of their own home and with support or supervision from family members or carers if required. We show both seated and standing options of all the exercises, to suit all abilities.

Recordings of these fully funded sessions are sent out afterwards.

Reneu Rehab 

Reneu Rehab is a course for anyone who has a neurological condition such as Parkinson’s, Stroke, brain or spinal injury, M.S, M.E, CFS and it covers Long Covid too.

It runs online Zoom for 45 minutes on Monday mornings at 11.30am. Attendees can join at any stage throughout the course.

The course covers gentle movement, myofascial release, focused breathing, stress management, mindfulness and relaxation, as well as many other things. 

Contact or telephone number 0800 0541118  

Ageing Greatly

The Ageing Greatly project is run in the Isles of Scilly supporting islanders and employees with wellness, falls prevention and more.

Funding has also been secured through SPIF to reduce suicide and self-harm in Cornwall – focusing on women who are peri-menopausal to post-menopausal.

Regular live events are held to meet and educate women around menopause and how they can access support and be knowledgable when asking for treatment should they need it.

Training sessions for small businesses and large companies on menopause in the workplace, Manopause for men and managers, and a Menopause First aid session.

Getting older people moving in the shadow of the pandemic

Although we may be living in a “post-Covid” world, many older people are still feeling the impact of the pandemic, in a wide range of ways.

A survey undertaken by Age UK in March and April 2022, which garnered 15,000 responses, found:

• only 48% were confident using public transport

• only 33% were confident using leisure facilities

• only 35% were confident going to group activities and classes

• only 36% were confident going to religious venues

Fear of contracting the virus was still evident, along with a loss of confidence going to crowded places.

Alongside this we have seen some reluctance from older people to participate in the in-person services delivered by the Age UK network. This is for a wide range of reasons, some related to caution around Covid and some related to a dip in confidence having not been out and about a great deal over the last two years. This is the case for all in-person services, including physical activity sessions.

Having spoken to the Age UK Services Sounding Board (older people representing seldom-heard voices) and to those running Age UK physical activity sessions, here is some advice:

• Allow extra time to recruit older people, numbers will not immediately return to pre-Covid levels

• Take steps to reduce risk around Covid e.g. be outside where appropriate, keep windows and doors open where possible, request team and attendees to test in advance

• Tell older people about the steps taken in relation to Covid safety in a specific way, tailored for that activity

• Make provision for people with long-term conditions, ensure they feel safe and understand that adjustments will be made where needed

• Getting to and from sessions is likely to be a challenge. Both in terms of transport provision and in terms of Covid caution. Ensure there are options available for older people wishing to get to physical activity sessions

• Remember that people may not be as strong as they were pre-pandemic – and remind them of this too

• Bearing this in mind, consider lowering the bar on classes, start at a lower level and gradually build up, offering accessible alternatives where possible

• Time and resource for socialising is key – offering physical activity in isolation is far less attractive

• Cost of living is increasing and physical activity may not be seen as essential. Keep cost minimal where possible and connect older people with other services to support their income – Age UK online Benefits Calculator or Age UK Advice (0800 169 65 65)

• Consistency is important – run the session even if the numbers are small

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