Free Fitness MOTs for Over 60s at Radcliffe Library

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Free Fitness MOTs for Over 60s at Radcliffe Library
16 September 2016

AS part of UK Older People’s Day, physiotherapists from Fairfield General Hospital in Bury will be offering free Functional Fitness MOTs to anyone aged over 60 on Thursday 6th October at Radcliffe Library.

Older People’s Day is a United Nations global awareness day which is held annually in the UK in October.  It is used primarily to celebrate the achievements and contributions that older people make to our society and the economy.

The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy actively supports the day and there will be events across the country to show how physiotherapy and increasing physical activity can help older people stay healthy and independent.

On Thursday 6th October, between 10am and 1pm, a physiotherapy team from The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust will be offering free assessment and advice on how to keep active with age. The event is being run in partnership with Healthy Lifestyle services, and Bury council’s exercise initiative schemes BEATS and I Will If You Will.

Lorraine Ogbonmwan, senior physiotherapist at The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust said:

“It’s never too late for anyone to increase muscle strength, maintain bone density and improve balance. Physical activity helps prevent aches and pains, increase energy levels and helps reduce the risk of falling later on in life. It also helps cut the risk of or better management of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, mental illness and some cancers.”

The MOT checks general fitness, mobility, flexibility, strength and balance using a number of different physical function tests to give older adults an idea of how their fitness compares to their peers. The results of the tests will be used to discuss people’s needs, preferences and motivations to take advantage of local opportunities and activities designed to promote active ageing.

If you are interested in booking a free Functional Fitness MOT, please ring the physiotherapy department on 0161 778 3882.

For further information on Older People’s Day go to www.csp.org.uk/getupandgo or http://olderpeoplesday.co.uk/  #OlderPeoplesDay #FullofLife