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Helping Older People Get Active and Stay Healthy

March 20, 2008 3:19 PM

Silver Deal Active (SDA) East aims to get older adults more active more often. SDA East is a programme of free activity sessions for people aged over 60, living in the east Glasgow. It aims to keep older people fit and healthy and give them the opportunity to socialise.

Run in partnership between East Glasgow Community Health and Care Partnership (CHCP), Glasgow Housing Association (GHA) and Culture and Sport Glasgow, regular coach led Silver Deal activity sessions will begin in 20 local venues across east Glasgow from 21st April 2008.

George Smith, from Carntyne has been attending the Silver Deal Class for the last 2 ½ years, loving the fact he gets to socialize and keep active at the same time.

The swimming Lessons have given me great confidence”.
I have felt improvements in my heart health and strength and
“Its great to keep so active as I get older and get out and meet people.
George said,

May Harvey from Sandyhills had a Stroke 13 years ago, and has right sided weakness but is fully mobile. She has attended the Silver Deal Active Program for the last 2 years, and feels this has lead to a huge change in her lifestyle. 

“The classes makes me feel good and the Social Outings are great for meeting new people and seeing new places”.
May said,

“60% of people taking part in Silver Deal are aged over 75, with 20% over 85. We are particularly encouraging older people who are frail, and who do not take part in physical activity or who suffer health and/or mobility difficulties to take part. Silver Deal is a great opportunity for people who are too frail to take part in more traditional exercise programmes to benefit from building physical activity into their lifestyles”. 
Mahri Michols Senior Nurse, East Glasgow CHCP and Chair of the Silver Deal Steering Group said,

The physical activity sessions include weekly 1 hour long sessions which offer a variety of physical activities including Chair Aerobics, Tai Chi, and Pilates.  A programme of health talks is also available and active arts sessions are also planned to take place. 

“The aim of SDA is to ensure that those who are least active can easily enjoy the health and social benefits associated with being more active.   A whole host of benefits have been reported by those taking part in Silver Deal, including increased strength, stability and mobility, increased confidence and a more active social life – with many people making friends and enjoying the opportunity to get out of their homes on a regular basis”.
David Inglis, Silver Deal Active Manager for Culture & Sport Glasgow said,

For futher details on Silver Deal Active activities in your area contact the Silver Deal Active Team on 0141 287 4685.

ENDS

More information 0141 201 4429.

Notes to Editors

Silver Deal Active (SDA) was launched in November 2005 to provide a structured and tailored physical activity programme for Glasgow Housing Association (GHA) tenants within local community venues (including GHA’s 35 Sheltered and Very Sheltered housing complexes).  It has now been expanded with support from East Glasgow Community Health & Care Partnership to provide services for all over 60’s in the east end of Glasgow.

 ‘Silver Deal Active East’ is a partnership between Culture & Sport Glasgow, Glasgow Housing Association, and East Glasgow Community Health and Care Partnership.

The programme is aimed at all residents of the East Community Health and Care Partnership area, 60 years and over.  The programme will be tailored around the needs of local residents, ensuring that activities are appropriate to their mobility and activity levels.

East Glasgow CHCP is a partnership between NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde and Glasgow City Council  to deliver health and social care in community settings.

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