A special event to help older people and people with health problems feel stronger and fitter is being held at Andover Leisure Centre today (Tuesday 28th October).
The ‘Move More, Feel Better’ day will give people advice and support on how to get up, out and about, despite health, age and fitness limitations.
Local organisations will be on hand from 1pm to 4pm to explain what people can do and where they can get help to move more and reduce isolation and loneliness.
The event has been jointly organised by Valley Leisure, who run the leisure centre for Test Valley Borough Council, and Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust.
Activities on the day include chair exercise taster sessions and a demo of a specialist machine designed to support stroke survivors and those with long-term neurological conditions and increase mobility, particularly on their weaker side.
There will also be Later Life MOTs, medicines advice, table tennis taster sessions and ‘getting up from the floor’ demonstrations.
Organisations due to be on hand include Hampshire County Council, Community Care Team, Community Independence Team, Andover and District Age UK, Andover Dementia Friends, Andover Parkinsons Support Group, Andover MS Society and Medicine Matters.
There will also be opportunity to watch ‘Ping Pong – Never too old for gold’, a film following a group of octogenarians and their journey to the World Table Tennis Championships in Beijing.
Free refreshments will also be available in the afternoon provided by Valley Leisure and Waitrose Andover.
Free transport can be arranged through Neighbourcare and Test Valley Community Service.
For more information on booking a pick up call Neighbourcare transport 01264 339899 or Test Valley Community Transport on 01264 356808.