RESIDENTS at Fountains care home in Shirley got active for Senior Health and Fitness Day on May 26 as they joined a virtual day of different activities and demonstrations.
Created to inspire senior-friendly physical activity, the national day was launched to increase awareness of the importance of remaining active to maintain strong, healthy joints and muscles, and to encourage diet and lifestyle changes for an overall improvement to wellbeing, and illness prevention.
The day started with a wellness talk from Healthy steps founded by Julia Mitchell.
After a talk on mindfulness and the benefits of nutrition Julia did an introduction into Tai Chi and described its potential benefits with a wonderful demonstration which attendees took part too.
Emma Monk explained about the benefits of Reiki then in the afternoon it was time for some armchair dancing by Bee Well with Lisa and she put everyone through their paces.
The day ended with a relaxing self-hand massage tutorial from Lisa which can help maintain dexterity and relieve joint pain.
Sonia Tenniswood general manager at Fountains said: “Senior health and fitness day is a great opportunity to try something a little bit different, you never know until you try – you might find a brand new hobby you really love.
“We’ve all had a lot of fun, even some of our staff were put through their paces.”
Fountains is run by Barchester Healthcare, one of the UK’s largest care providers, which is committed to delivering high-quality care across its care homes and hospitals. Fountains provides, residential care, bespoke dementia and pre-bookable respite care.