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  • Residents given tips on how to live well after 60

    Danielle Thompson

    residents of a certain age were treated to top tips on how to make the most out of life after turning 60 at a special event held recently.

    The event - organised to tie in with the International Day of Older Persons 2017 – was held at the Chase Heys Resource Centre in Churchtown, run by Sefton adult social care provider, New Directions.

    The organisers for the afternoon were Occupational Therapist Sue Gara and Physiotherapist Fliss Lewis from Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust’s Community Emergency Response Team (CERT).

    They focused on the challenges and the opportunities of later life, stressing that the over 60s still have a huge amount to enjoy and to offer to their families and the wider community.

    Topics covered included the importance of good physical and mental health, how to eat healthily and keep active, and how to avoid falls and other mobility problems.  There was particular emphasis on avoiding social isolation by joining clubs and taking part in the many other activities and services available in the area.

    Sue Gara explained: “This event was designed to link in with the theme of Older Person’s Day this year which is all about enabling and expanding the contributions of older people to society. There was a very good response from the service users at Chase Heys, many of whom shared their experiences or put forward their own ideas about how best to maximise the potential of life over 60.”

    New Directions business development manager, Dave Hughes, added: “This proved to be a very successful event with a lot of useful information shared by the CERT team, and good ideas put forward by our clients and staff.”

    Chase Heys offers a mix of day care, respite care for families and intermediate care which involves rehabilitating and supporting people on their discharge from hospital.

    The International Day of Older Persons - a United Nations initiative - is designed to put the spotlight on the fact that between 2015 and 2030 the number of older people worldwide is set to rise by 56 per cent, from 901 million to 1.4 billion. By 2030, the number of people aged over 60 across the globe will exceed that of young people aged from 15 to 24.

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