Wednesday 28th September
Clydebank Senior Citizens Urged to Celebrate!
Older people in Clydebank are being invited by NHS Greater Glasgow to their annual local Activities Fair.
Now in its third year, the entirely free event takes place on Wednesday 5th October at the Abbotsford Church Hall on Clydebank's Abbotsford Road. Some of the highlights of the day will include salsa, line dancing, bowling, yoga, pilates and aerobics. Staff from the local Healthy Living Initiative will also be offering free aromatherapy massage.
Pauline Cunningham is NHS Greater Glasgow's Development Officer for Promoting Health in Older People. She believes this year's Fair will be bigger and better than ever: "I'm really excited about it! The events we've held over the last couple of years have been great fun and, more importantly, I think they've really helped older people.
"When people come to our Activities Fair, I hope they have a great time but that they can also try out new things to keep them active."
The benefits of staying active in later life are well established. As well as developing and maintaining physical strength, it is also effective in preventing and treating depression and mood disorders. With one in three Scots over the age of 65 having fallen in the last year, the improved balance and posture brought about by exercise could also prevent more serious injuries often incurred by older people.
However, very few older Scots are getting enough exercise. According to a Scottish Executive report entitled Making Scotland More Active, 86% of men over 65 and 92% of women of the same age fall short of the recommended levels.
But Pauline Cunningham says the social opportunities that come from the Activities Fair are also crucial: "Too often when we're getting older, it's easy just to fall into the trap of staying at home and not getting out and about. So keeping active isn't just good for your physical health, but it also keeps you strong and keeps the mind going too!".
The Activities Fair brings together experts from across the public and voluntary sector, with representatives from the Community Older People's Team, the Retired and Senior Volunteer Project (RSVP), the Healthy Living Initiative (HLI), Clydebank Seniors Forum, Clydebank College, West Dunbartonshire Council and staff from the Playdrome.
Notes for Editors
* The Activities Fair will run from 1030 - 1500 on Wednesday 5th October at Abbotsford Church Hall, Abbotsford Road, Clydebank.
For more information contact Annalena Winslow at NHS Greater Glasgow Communications on 0141 201 4447.