Rambling Research Start

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.

https://www.royalvoluntaryservice.org.uk/Uploads/Documents/Our%20impact/Improving_physical_function_in_older_people.pdf

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 ???????

 

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One Response to Rambling Research Start

  1. david w freeman says:

    Rvsjohn17
    “” The Blog-Rambling Research Start””
    This Royal Voluntary Service Research document is intriguing, and true! To whom, I am unsure, the reader of 80+, the casual reader of 65+, of general interest? Or the up and coming generations where the child rearing ages of families does not start until 30?? Or thereabouts giving us future older parents of some 80 years while the children will just have reached their 50’s+, and what will they make of old age for their parents, and at 50? Or thereabouts their own looming elderly living, working until say 78?It will be an ‘enigma’ for all, of those concerned with growing older and live in old age 70+ in general.
    At 75 years of age, now, I am jumping through all these hoops, and there is no easy answer. The research programme as John has highlighted concentrates on the here and now 80+ year olds: What do I feel about this? The questions I have and are asking as my wife and I gallop to our late 70’s and then into our 80’s? What If?
    All the Royal Voluntary Service research within the mentioned paper is true and coming home to both Molly and I, and our decisions and future ones were or are based, on living in this Extracare Charitable Trust Retirement Village: which is now our home. The reasons for prolonging active independent living as one ages, are based upon:
    Security, and safe tenure
    Care and support if required
    Advise for well-being and dementia (Health and mental problems)
    Activates and pastimes to keep one mentally and physically alert
    Friendships, and fellow human companionship to allay loneliness, while we are together, and more importantly when one of us dies, and leaves the spouse to live on.
    While we can, the act of freely giving our time to all aspects of activities, pastimes, and village management tasks in running an effect village that both management and us as resident believe in, and take pride in belonging too.
    One of the greatest aids to modern living as I write now in Nov 2017 is the Scooter/buggies powered by electric power. They are ‘’GREAT’’ they allow independent living outside the village, and within it to a certain extent! One can go shopping to events in the locality, and it is a mobility aid? The down side is as one grows more elderly, I notice the less one uses ones limbs, and unless one has a progressive active physiotherapy regime within the Gym, then one can trot around until 80+ on a scooter/buggy, but ones self- motivation, using one’s own limbs/legs becomes more defunct, bring with it its own problems, and I feel a problem that will need addressing for the 80+year olds in the future.
    The future of old age and a retirement village, may in the future because of the demographics, and working population of up to 78 years of age, then all the benefits of a retirement village could? may be lost?
    Society may turn to looking at the preponderance of 80+ year’s olds in large groups, some 500 persons in a location within a residence, I knew in my younger days as a nursing/residential home, and not a vibrant village? Even at the late 70+’s we have fight, and if John can see a way of improving a retirement Village life for the future? I am listening, and willing to learn.

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