Healthy living for older people in Hailsham

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A healthy living club has been launched by Age UK at a Hailsham care home to encourage older people to exercise.

Residents in Hailsham can now take part in a variety of activities at Bowes House care home in Battle Road.

Activities include ping pong, boccia, which is a target ball sport in the same family as petanque and bowls, new age kurling, qiqong, which is a gentle practice of aligning breath and movement to help with co-ordination, flexibility, well-being and relaxation.

The club is being run fortnightly on Tuesdays, from 10am to noon and the next meetings will take place on February 18 - with a 50p charge to cover refreshments.

It is part funded by East Sussex County Council and the rooms are provided free of charge by Bowes House.

A two hour taster session was held at the care home where the longest queue was for an assessment by NHS health trainers using an In Body machine.

One of the first to try it was Naomi Younge, 73, who said she wasn’t surprised to learn that she needed more exercise because she was convalescing after an accident.

She said: “I’m hoping to get back into exercise slowly and to get back into shape with help here.”

She added it was ‘marvellous’ that she didn’t have to pay for the sessions because there was very little to spend on looking after herself after household bills were paid.

Bowes House manager Alison Barnes said she was pleased to offer rooms for the club. She said: “It’s good to see so many people enjoying what Age UK East Sussex are offering here. I hope the club is a success.”

Hailsham Mayor Cllr Jo Bentley added: “This is brilliant. The more we can encourage older people to get involved in doing exercise and making friends the better it is for their physical and mental fitness.

“It is a lovely idea to hold the club in this facility where people from the community can come in and mix with residents.”