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Supporting healthy and happy lives

Supporting Happy healthy livesMore of us are living longer, which is good news. The downside is that many more people are living with complex conditions that make it harder to keep active and maintain their level of health. Our highly-targeted support brings physical and emotional benefits, helping to keep people enjoying an active role in their community.

The need

Increasingly, community-based support is playing a key role in treating and managing health conditions. And a growing body of research shows that a particularly impactful approach is to give people the tools to look after themselves, improving lifestyle factors such as nutrition and physical activity. As individuals become more resilient, they take more responsibility for their own health and well-being. Advances in the science of ageing suggest that simple changes can go a long way in improving physical function, and maintaining a healthy brain.

What we do

Targeted physically and cognitively stimulating activities can significantly improve health and well-being. Traditionally, community-based activities are aimed at the more mobile and agile older people, leaving the less able behind. We want to ensure all older people have the tools to help them make the most of life, regardless of their current abilities. Our set of activities is designed to support those who need a bit more support.

  • Move It Or Lose It! Fun, chair-based resistance exercise session with music, balls and games.
  • Two-course lunch High in protein and micronutrients – it's known that protein-rich food after exercise can help rebuild muscle mass.
  • Cognitive Stimulation Therapy For those with mild to moderate dementia, CST sessions involve structured discussions designed to engage and stimulate. It's not about testing or remembering facts – participants are encouraged to give opinions and get involved. Sometimes, CST is alternated with group activities such as singing, arts and crafts or hobbies.
  • Snack and chat Finally, there's a chance to socialise with the group, while enjoying a healthy snack and a drink, before being driven home by volunteers if needed.

Supporting healthly and happy lives

How it makes a difference

In a pilot led by Royal Voluntary Service in 2016, Move It Or Lose It! sessions over 10 - 14 weeks produced significant improvements in physical function in 27 out of 44 participants. In addition, 22% fewer people reported feeling lonely after the chair-based exercise programme. By addressing physical function, nutrition and hydration and emotional well-being, we would expect to see a reduction in falls, and in the need for medical services.

Move it or lose it

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We're always happy to share our experiences and discuss new ways we could help older people live the lives they want.

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...is a national charity built on local volunteering, giving support to people who need it in our hospitals and communities.

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