Free Fitness MOTs for Over 60s at Radcliffe Library

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Free Fitness MOTs for Over 60s at Radcliffe Library
04 October 2017

Following the success of last year’s event, 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.

Older People’s Day is a United Nations global awareness day which is held annually in October, in the UK, 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 Friday 20th October 2017, between 10 am – 2pm, a Physiotherapy Team from The Pennine Acute NHS Hospital Trust will be at Radcliffe Library to offer free assessment and advice on how to keep active with age. This event is being run in partnership with Healthy Lifestyle services, Bury council’s exercise initiative schemes; BEATS and I Will If You Will, Arthritis Care, Ambition for Ageing, Bury Carers, Healthy Minds, Blind Society, Staying Well team, and Community falls team.

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 manage cardiovascular disease, diabetes, mental illness and some cancers.”

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

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.

The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust runs Fairfield General Hospital in Bury along with The Royal Oldham Hospital, North Manchester General Hospital and Rochdale Infirmary.

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