More than 45 Kilkenny nursing home residents and over 1,500 throughout Ireland are taking part in a specially organised ‘Olympics’ during Positive Ageing Week this week.
The event, run by exercise specialists Fit For Life, is taking place in two nursing homes in County Kilkenny, including Strathmore Lodge in Callan, and more than 80 nursing homes (compared to 22 last year) in Dublin, Cork, Limerick, Tipperary, Mayo, Wexford, Wicklow, Kildare, Meath, Kerry, Louth, Roscommon, Galway, Clare, Leitrim and Waterford.
Participants are competing in team events such as bowling, magnetic darts, golf and ring toss, penalty shoot out, with gold, silver and bronze medals will be awarded to winners.
“We here at Fit for Life are committed to improving the quality of life of the older generation,” said Fit for Life managing director Mark Sweeney. “The Fit for Life Olympics are designed to provide our clients with a fun event where their families and nursing home staff can get involved and see the benefits of keeping active. Our clients in the 80 nursing homes involved have been practicing their events for the last few weeks and we’re seeing a healthy competitive spirit brewing as a result.”
“Fit for Life’s team of chartered physiotherapists, exercise physiologists, and exercise and rehabilitation specialists have been providing active life services to nursing homes, day care centres and active retirement groups for the past 11 years,” he said. “Our research and experience over that period has shown that those over 60 can really benefit from keeping active and getting regular exercise. Our specialised group exercise therapy sessions are designed to provide a fun environment in which participants can improve their flexibility, mobility and balance.”
Fit For Life was established in 2001 by Mr Sweeney to provide a range of services for adults, from the very active to those who need more assistance in their day-to-day lives. Fit for Life’s mission is to empower the ageing Irish population and help people to remain as active and independent as possible.