This week’s blog is about our ageing well event which took place at the end of last month. It was the 2nd year we’ve hosted it, and it was initially created to celebrate and embrace the older people we support.
At first I was rather apprehensive as the weather was forecast to be terrible, which was not an ideal situation considering the event was set to be on the Effingham’s playing fields. Fortunately for us the sun shined for most of the day.
It was a fun filled day packed with all sorts of entertainment, activities, music and games.
The 1940’s and 1950’s theme was so strong, with all the decorations, bunting and people dressed in their vintage attire. It felt like you had travelled back in time.
There were a range of vintage garden games including splat the rat, coconut shy and hook a duck. Which were all thoroughly enjoyed!
Stephen Adamson, CMG’s sports ambassador led the walking football. This was very popular with everyone who attended I even caught some of the regional directors joining in.
Michael Fullerton (Clinical Director) was slightly in the wrong era with his ‘Peaky Blinder’ outfit, but looked great never the less. Michael ran a very important session on mindfulness, explaining the benefits of mindfulness for mental well-being, and to gain more enjoyment from everyday life. Mindfulness can help to:
- increase your awareness of your thoughts and feelings
- manage unhelpful thoughts
- develop more helpful responses to difficult feelings and events
- be kinder towards yourself
- feel calmer and able to manage stress better
- manage some physical health problem, like chronic pain
Another person who I’ve been looking forward to see in action for a long time is Joanna Grace. She runs sensory projects nationally and internationally to promote inclusion. She works with people predominantly with profound and multiple learning disabilities or people in the later stages of dementia. On the day she was doing a sensory story session of how flowers grow. She did this using different sensory objects and tools. Working on touch, smell and sounds.
I’ve been doing tai chi for some time now, so when Katie approached me to do a session I was more than happy. For those of you that don’t know, it is a low impact (perfect for the older generation) and health promoting exercise combining deep breathing and relaxation with flowing movements.
It can help people aged 65 and over to reduce stress, improve posture, balance and general mobility, and increase muscle strength in the legs. It was great to share my knowledge with others, hopefully they have taken a few moves they’ve learnt to practice at home. You can see some pictures of me in action at the end of this blog, thanks to Lilli who always seems to catch a photo of me.
The day was finished off in true CMG style with lots of singing and dancing. Vintage singer, Tania Rodd was fantastic she sang classic songs from the 40’s and 50’s including songs by Elvis Presley, Ray Charles, Johnny Cash and more. Quite a few people we support got up onto the stage and had a sing along too.
It was such a great day, and there was something for everyone. There was even therapeutic massage, which I seemed to have missed out on.
A would like to give a big thank you to Erren Wheatland (Clinical Educator)and Katie Reid (Health Care Facilitator) for all their efforts in creating this wonderful day, it was well thought out and planned. They really know how to bring the CMG magic alive.
Pam Hirsch, Regional Director Said:
“Many congratulations to all of you involved in organising such a fun day. I really look forward to next year’s event, which I wouldn’t miss for the word!”
Cheryl Bishop, Regional director said:
“Thanks Erren and Katie for such a brilliant day yesterday. I know that everyone from my region really enjoyed it as did I. Roll on next year!”
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