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Bdht has launched a new programme to keep those in their Independent Living facilities active and healthy following the Pandemic.

‘A Stronger Me’ campaign aims to get members of the community moving again, encouraging over 65s in Worcestershire to stay active and well later in life. The resistance band exercise classes help to maintain and build muscle strength and improve mental health.

Research shows, we lose 1% of muscle mass per year from the age of 55, so keeping active whilst getting older can have a positive effect on both physical and mental wellbeing. The classes demonstrate it is never too late to improve muscle strength and slow down age-related functional decline.

Hannah Ross, Independent Living Manager at bdht, explains “The resistance band exercise classes are a Worcester Council initiative implemented by bdht to help residents physically, to sustain their health.

“The Pandemic lead to a great deal of isolation for tenants in our sheltered living accommodation and these exercise classes encourage social interaction where members of the community can build relationships with neighbours, who would perhaps not speak in other circumstances, all improving mental health and wellbeing.”

In the class, residents are guided by staff through a number of exercises while seated. The classes take place every Monday at 11am for all bdht residents who are over 50 and living within the Independent Living sector, so all can freely attend. They are conducting the pilot scheme at Shenstone Court in the community room, and with a sustained interest, this will continue taking place every week. We look forward to seeing you there!

For more information regarding the class please call 01527 835839 Alternatively, please email lisa.dias@bdht.co.uk

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