By 2050 two billion people will be over 60 years of age – one in five compared to one in 10 today. With this surge in an ageing population comes a marked increase in age-related health conditions such as diabetes, stroke, heart disease, cancer and dementia.
What if we can turn this ageing problem around? After all, longer lives and better health care are to be celebrated. What if we recognise older people as a resource instead of a burden?
We know the key to a healthy long life is:
- to remain engaged whether that is through work, volunteering or continued learning
- to keep physically active and sit down less
- to eat a healthy balanced diet
- to socialise – loneliness and isolation are as damaging as smoking
So what if we combine all of these factors and offer jobs at the same time?
By training mature instructors to deliver simple and effective exercise classes in the local community we can bring people together so they can enjoy fun, friendship and fitness.
World leading experts in ageing research have joined forces with National Diversity Award winner Julie Robinson to train Move it or Lose it! Instructors. Their mission is to improve physical function leading to better health and wellbeing for older people helping them to maintain independence.
Instructors can be in their 50s-70s delivering chair-based exercises in group settings in care homes, church halls and community centres around the UK. This offers part-time job opportunities to people in their prime, helping those who are most vulnerable – it’s a win win situation!
Author: Julie Robinson founder of Move It or Lose It
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