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Published by Neil Shaefer for Railway Housing Association in Housing and also in Care and Support, Communities, Health

Ivy Holliday, Sue Laycock and Ena Cochrane test their throwing skills. Ivy Holliday, Sue Laycock and Ena Cochrane test their throwing skills.

People living in a Darlington sheltered housing scheme just can’t sit still – thanks to a new exercise class aimed at older people.

Residents at Railway Housing Association-owned Tempest Anderson House, in Brinkburn Road, have been enjoying chair-based exercises provided by Age Concern Darlington.

The fun exercises, which are carried out to music, are designed particularly to improve mobility and coordination. They include stretching, catching a ball, singing and even a game that involves throwing bottle tops at a magnet in the centre of the floor.

The classes have proved a big hit among the residents, with up to a dozen people taking part each week.

Resident Ivy Holliday, aged 81, said: “Being able to do the exercises from the comfort of a chair makes them much easier to do and they are great fun too.”

Ena Cochrane, aged 90, added: “Everyone has learned the exercises very quickly and we really look forward to learning new ones.”

AGE UK Darlington volunteer Sue Laycock, who delivers the classes, said: “The exercises help to improve mobility and coordination, but there is also a very important social element to them too.

“By getting people out of their homes we are encouraging them to interact with others and this can be just as beneficial to their health as exercise.”



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