Free Fitness MoTs for Over 65s at Fairfield General Hospital

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Free Fitness MoTs for Over 65s at Fairfield General Hospital
23 September 2015

As part of Older People’s Day physiotherapists from Fairfield General Hospital in Bury will be offering free Functional Fitness MoTs to anyone aged over 65.

On Thursday 1st October, at 12 midday, the Physiotherapy Department at Fairfield General Hospital will open its doors for an hour to offer the general public free assessment and advice on how to keep active with age.

This is part of a national initiative run by the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy to support active aging and will be run by The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust in conjunction with the Council’s I Will if You Will initiative.

Caroline Moss, 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, Rochdale Infirmary and community services.

On Older People’s Day, the CSP and Chartered Physiotherapists working with Older People (AGILE) will be promoting the positive contribution that the profession makes to active aging so that older people can live longer and live well. The day, which coincides with the UN Day for Older Persons is also about celebrating the contribution of older people.

For further information on Older People’s Day go to http://www.csp.org.uk/getupandgo