Residents enjoy healthy events for ARCO weekend
Residents in our extra care schemes up and down the country got active as part of a national event to encourage healthy living for older people.
More than 20 of our schemes took part in an open weekend organised by ARCO (Associated Retirement Community Operators), the trade body for retirement villages and extra care housing, on Friday and Saturday (September 18 and 19).
Our tenants, staff members and residents at our courts took part in a host of activities including everything from exercise and dance classes to sponsored walks and healthy eating sessions. They also invited representatives from other organisations to talk about healthy living and showcase their work.
The event came as new research from ARCO revealed 70 per cent of over 65s would like to be more active but feel there are obstacles in their way.
Kris Peach, our director of extra care, said: “It was fantastic to see so many of our schemes take part in this great event.
“Extra care is all about supporting people to maintain their independence in their own home. For our residents a key element of this is for them to remain fit and healthy and we are always keen to take part in initiatives which help and encourage them to do this.
“The research from ARCO gives us valuable insight into the obstacles older people face in keeping active and we will continue to work to do everything we can to support our residents to live healthy, happy lives into old age.”
Michael Voges, Executive Director of ARCO, said: “Our research shows that age is not in itself a barrier to physical activity. Many over 65s would like to be more active, but struggle to maintain a healthy lifestyle due to barriers such as availability, cost and living alone. As the growth of over 65s is at record levels, the extent of the problem is only going to get bigger.
“For more older people to get active, we need to create the right opportunities and facilities for them, at the right price. However, our research has shown that we also need to think about the ‘soft factors’, such as a companionship and creating a welcoming, non-threatening atmosphere that can cater to an individual’s needs.”