Let’s change the way we age in the UK. By innovatively designing later living and reinventing retirement we can help tackle loneliness, social isolation and health issues as we age. Staying active and learning something new can help to reduce social isolation.
Charlie Blair, at The Blair academy, uses dance in care homes to enable those in their third age to learn something new and help to build their confidence. The dance workshops allow members to socialise and have fun.
“Exercise in later life is hugely important and plays a significant part of what we do at Guild Living for many reasons. Physical activity is an aid to mobility, if you are active you are keeping your muscles moving, and strong which helps maintain your own independence, mobility, balance and circulation all those things that can help reduce risk. Activity increases circulation.”, explains Chris Bamford Director of Wellness and Care at Guild Living.
“If you think of the knock-on effect that exercise brings, if you exercise you burn calories if you burn calories your appetite increases all those influences – the wellness foundations – all get ticked”, adds Bamford.
“Improving the blood flow to the brain for cognitive, improves their emotional wellbeing because exercise releases endorphins which are hormones which make us feel better as well as having an impact on the other elements such as balance, nutrition, circulation – these all have a positive impact.”, adds Bamford.
“Exercise for us as we open our first communities as well as the Guild café and having walking clubs, activity groups, I think is going to be a huge influence. If you think about activity or sports people often come together.”, adds Bamford.