102 year old proves you are never too old to stay active
Published by Anonymous for Circle in Housing and also in Communities, Health
While many of us spend January contemplating whether or not to join a gym, a 102 year old resident from Birmingham is showing that age is no barrier to staying active.
Olive Peace has been attending exercise classes which are being run by Circle Housing Mercian every Wednesday morning at her sheltered housing accommodation in Cheshire Court, Shard End.
The sessions - which usually involve arm, leg and breathing exercises from a chair - help to get elderly people moving with more energy and vigour, so they enjoy life more and stay healthy for longer.
Olive, who turned 102 on 15th December, believes staying active is the key to a long and healthy life. She said: “I have always believed that if you are capable of doing something yourself, you should do it. It certainly helps if you can get out and about. I enjoy the classes – they are very good because they get people together.”
Circle Housing Mercian also runs sessions on a range of health issues such as dealing with diabetes, coping with arthritis and understanding the realities of dementia. The classes are open to local residents and people wishing to find out more can call the team at Cheshire Court on 0121 748 1188.
Linda Strong, Sheltered Scheme Officer for Circle Housing Mercian, said: "Olive is a great example to us all and she has proved that age is no barrier to staying fit and healthy. She is very independent and likes to get out to the shops as much as possible.
“We try to make the classes fun and as well as the health benefits they are a great way for people in the local community to socialise together.”
Cheshire Court is one of Circle Housing Mercian Housing’s six sheltered housing schemes across the West Midlands. Sheltered schemes are open for people aged 50 and over, offering a range of services to help them live independently with the added security of having someone to call on in emergencies.