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Ageing Well - Actively

Poorer health as we age is not inevitable and staying active can pay big dividends in people’s quality of life. This is the message put forward in a new Active Ageing campaign which launched on October 1, timed to coincide with the UN’s International Day of Older People. ActiveAgeing_1

Active Surrey, the not for profit organisation which aims to help the county move more, is asking older residents to think again about their relationship with exercise – in all its many forms. 

From walking to catch a bus or always choosing the stairs, to joining a new exercise class in your 80’s, Active Surrey wants to challenge the idea that we should be taking it easy when we’re older with a new Active Ageing campaign. 

A report from Public Health forecasts that there will be a quarter of a million over 65’s in Surrey by the end of 2020 – an increase of almost 20% in just five years - and much of that time will be spent in poor health unless steps are taken to avoid it. 

Fronted by Surrey residents including Diana Moran (the original Green Goddess from 80’s Breakfast TV, now in her 80’s herself), the Active Ageing campaign comes with the message that you’re Never Too Old to get fit.ActiveAgeing_2

One key focus for the campaign will be helping older people reduce their risk of falls. One in eight ambulance call outs in Surrey relate to an elderly person falling, and the NHS estimates that a third of all adults over 65 fall each year – a statistic that increases with age. 

Otago strength and balance classes are run across the county with new venues just launched. Clinically proven to reduce falls, the programme is a Surrey success story, letting older people maintain their independence and for some of those who’ve already had a fall, end their reliance on walking sticks or mobility scooters.

Older people or their carers can visit www.activesurrey.com/AgeWell for details of Otago strength and balance classes or sociable group walks. 

Visit https://www.epsom-ewell.gov.uk/over50s for details of activities in Epsom and Ewell for the over 50s including walking netball, strength and balance classes and bowls.

Visit our walks page, there's lots to choose from with walks taking place throughout the year across the borough - from countryside guided walks, history walks with Bourne Hall Museum and health walks: https://www.epsom-ewell.gov.uk/visitors/venues-sport-and-leisure-facilities/walks

Join Ebbisham Sports Club’s 50+ Social Rackets Morning

Jo Robinson, Ebbisham Sports Club Development & Membership Co-ordinator, took some time to tell us about Ebbisham Sports Club’s weekly rackets sessions.

What sports are involved in Ebbisham Sports Club’s 50+ Social Racket mornings?
Badminton, squash, racketball, tennis, touchtennis, table tennis and pickleball (from America!). All the equipment is provided for each sport.

Who are the sessions for?
For men and women generally aged 50+ of any ability (but others welcome too!), particularly those wanting social games in a friendly club environment.

Why do you think the sessions have proved so popular?
These morning sessions give retired, semi-retired, part-time/flexi-hour workers, non-working parents an opportunity to learn and play a variety of racket sports with others of a similar standard. It is also a chance for adults to get back into sports they may have played previously, for fun and health reasons, rather than competition. The sessions can improve participants’ physical, mental and social well-being if continued on a regular basis.

When do the sessions take place?
Thursday mornings from 9.30am-12noon. There is an optional break where participants are free to have a chat halfway through as we have a Lounge, Bar and a coffee/tea machine!

How much experience do you need to take part?
No experience is necessary. We welcome complete beginners or those who have played before.  Everyone is very friendly and games are setup to mix all abilities.

What would you say to someone who said they worry they might not be fit enough to take part?
Some of the racket sports like pickleball and tabletennis are very gentle exercise and you can do as much or as little as you wish. Some people play for an hour and then spend the rest of the time chatting over coffee whilst others last the whole two and a half hours without a break! However, coming regularly will definitely improve physical strength, balance, co-ordination and fitness.

How can people find out more?
By calling Jo or Lorna in the Ebbisham Office on 01372 720647 or via email at admin@ebbisham.com You can also take a look at our website or Facebook page - @ebbishamsportsclub for more info.

Are there any special offers potential members could take advantage of?
We have occasional open days where we waive the usual joining fees for new members and members pay a lower session fee.

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