Helping older people to stay active during the crisis
One of the ways Age UK Oxfordshire’s physical activity service, Generation Games, has responded to the COVID-19 pandemic is by creating a new home exercise DVD to enable people to remain active whilst at home.
Since lockdown in March 2020, they have made 18 home exercise videos publishing one per week on their website and YouTube channel generationgamesuk. These freely available videos have been extremely useful in keeping people in Oxfordshire (and beyond) active, and have had over 28,000 views on YouTube to date. The films are especially suitable for older people who may not feel that other online exercise classes are suitable for them.
The videos feature a variety of exercise sessions, ranging from Strength and Balance which is great for anyone who is worried about their balance, to Tai Chi which can have a really positive effect on mental health, as well as Pilates and general aerobics.
Generation Games have been overwhelmed by the positive reception to their videos. One user, Tricia, emailed to say: “Thank you so much for these sessions! [I’m] really enjoying them and feeling the benefit as have the family and friends I have forwarded them to. Very well thought-out exercises to manage at home.”
And another home exerciser, Janet, emailed to say: “So glad you decided to make these videos. They are very helpful and not too difficult!”
However, not everybody has access to the internet. 24% of people aged 65+ have not used the internet in the last 3 months and there are 3.4 million people aged 65+ who have never used the internet.
This is why Generation Games produced a DVD at the beginning of July that features three Strength and Balance and two Tai Chi films. Alastair Thomas, Head of Generation Games said: “We are very aware of how quickly people can become deconditioned if they do not remain active, which has been exacerbated during this time of lockdown and beyond for those who are shielding. The home exercise DVD is suitable for older people or people with long-term health conditions; we have received a lot of positive feedback about it already.”
If you would like to receive a copy of the free Strength and Balance DVD, either for yourself or for a family member or friend, please get in touch with Generation Games on firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 01235 849403.