Council plan to get Ellon OAPs active

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ABERDEENSHIRE Council is seeking to cut healthcare costs and improve life expectancy - by encouraging the elderly to take up more sport.

The Ellon Area Health and Wellbeing Group was formed earlier this year with a view towards identifying health issues in the town and surrounding area. The conclusions it drew were that a more active senior population was associated with better physical and metal health. According to Government figures, just 13% of older people participate in sports.

Older people in the town are being encouraged to participate by speaking to local health professionals.

Cllr Karen Clark, who chairs Aberdeenshire’s Social Work and Housing Committee, said: “The council and its partners are committed to promoting active ageing, encouraging every generation to keep fit so that they can enjoy longer, healthier, happier lives.

“The Active Ellon scheme will work as referral programme from health professionals, including diabetic clinicians, occupational therapists, physiotherapists and GP’s. Referrals will also be welcomed from a local cardiac rehabilitation class and sheltered housing complexes within Ellon.”

Participants will be given four introductory sessions of their choice, with the anticipation that they will enjoy improvements to their overall fitness.