I am going in search of something. I am not sure what? But it will be fun and I will report on it here as it happens.
I am looking for something to do and it has to do with older people, because that is what I know most about. Surfing is a key to finding information and rambling around aimlessly is sure to get me somewhere.
Today I Googled “activities for older people’s groups” and stumbled into lots of card games, singing choirs, knitters and natterers, painters, poets and craft activities. Familiar territory, good things to do. But nothing grabbed my attention.
Then I landed on “SARCOPENIA”. It is a terrible disease that I had never heard of but I could easily get. It affects lots of older people and is estimated to cost the NHS a massive £11.9 billion ! It leads to increased hospitalisation, greater nursing home admissions and higher home care expenditure. It is loss of muscle strength through sitting around all day.
I found out about it in an excellent report produced by the Royal Voluntary Service entitled ” Move it or lose it”. You can find the full report by clicking on the link below.
It is a study of how resistance exercise with a small group of older people, whose average age was 81, improved their strength and balance; helped them look after themselves more independently; lifted their sense of well being and reduced their visits to GP’s and A&E.
It was first published in 2016 and deserves much more exposure.
I WONDER IF THE GRUMBLESMILES TRUST COULD DO SOMETHING TO GIVE THIS EXCELLENT INITIATIVE GREATER IMPACT ???????