‘Go for Gold’ challenges care home residents

‘Go for Gold’ takes place on 3rd July with residential and care sector organisations across the UK taking part in a one day challenge event involving games, walking and dance.  It’s a major milestone en-route to the World Congress on Active Ageing (WCAA) in Glasgow this August.  So what’s in store?

Participants at Going for Gold activities

Participants of Going for Gold activities

A taster has come courtesy of early bird West Lothian Care Activity Network (CAN), which held its ‘Going for Gold’ event on 23 May.  Twelve teams of six participants from care homes across the county competed in events including; parachute and ball, skittles, new age kurling, jigsaw, bean bag throw and hook a duck.

Funded by the Challenge Fund, the event was several months in preparation, during which time residents had opportunities to influence the organisation of the day – and to practice their skills.

Anne McMillan, Executive councillor for health and care, said: “Research has shown that competitive events have a place to play in encouraging people to be active.

“My congratulations to everyone involved for making this event, now in its second year, a great success. Yet again, it has proved to be an excellent opportunity for older people in care homes to take part in fun activities aimed at improving their health and wellbeing.”

Parachute games

Parachute games

Partnership was critical to the event’s success; community physiotherapists provided mobility aids to support participants, Xcite West Lothian Leisure supplied colourful team T-shirts, Tesco gave bottles of water and volunteer support, the Red Cross was in attendance, and Kirkhill Primary School Choir warmed up participants – and cheered them on – with some action packed songs.

Go for Gold is a great example of putting active ageing research into action, the findings from which increasingly show that almost everyone, at any age, can benefit from a programme of appropriate physical activity.

Connections between academia and local activity will be also be a key feature of the WCAA, which will combine opportunities to hear from and quiz the experts with tasters of fun fitness activities designed with older people in mind.  Organisers are hoping that older people from across Scotland will accept their invitation and apply for a Senior Pass entitling them one day’s entry to the Congress.

To find out more about CAN’s Going for Gold event contact Linda Middlemist on 01506 771791 or email hit@westlothian.gov.uk.

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