Stockport’s older generation is being encouraged to get active as part of a brand-new scheme to help tackle loneliness and ill-health among the town’s ageing community.
There are immeasurable mental and physical health benefits to being active in old age, from helping to improve cognitive functioning and physical strength, to maintaining social interaction.
Despite this, studies have estimated that one in three Stockport residents aged over 55 are inactive.
Stockport Homes have joined forces with Life Leisure, Stockport Council and Age UK to tackle the issue and support inactive over 65s to become more active, introducing a 12-week mentor scheme so older adults can meet and learn from peers who have turned their own lives around through exercise.
The programme is particularly aimed at those who have experienced a significant life event, such as bereavement, a diagnosis of a chronic illness or becoming a carer, who would benefit both mentally and physically from getting active.
Robin Burman, chair of Stockport Homes' board, said:
“Stockport Homes are proud to be part of this local partnership, which encourages a healthy, happy lifestyle and will improve the lives of our residents. A big thank you to everyone involved, I’m looking forward to seeing the improvements this new scheme will make in the community.”
The scheme – which hopes to encourage 1,250 participants who are inactive to become active/partially active by 2020 - has been funded by £104,000 from Sport England, with match funding from the partners, totalling £216,200. Residents who sign up to the 12 week programme will have access to an inclusive activity timetable and free activity passes.
Age UK Stockport are also looking for more volunteers who benefit from an active lifestyle to get involved. For more information on the Active Ageing programme or on how to become a peer mentor please contact Age UK Stockport on 0161 480 1211 or email firstname.lastname@example.org