Pensioners 'fit as a fiddle'
PUBLISHED: 14:40 30 December 2011
'Less able' Budleigh pensioners are getting the chance to get fit and improve their motor skills in the comfort of an arm chair - thanks to an unexpected Christmas gift.
A box of 50 stress balls have been given to Budleigh Salterton Age Concern, enabling clients with mobility problems to get much-needed exercise.
The balls were donated by community regeneration specialist Frank Haslam Milan (FHM) and another older persons’ charity, Age UK, as part of their ‘fit as a fiddle’ campaign.
It is all part of a pilot scheme which could be expanded throughout the county to help older people maintain their independence through improving their mobility, flexibility and motor skills.
They also help strengthen their hands, arms and shoulders.
Stephanie Foster, Budleigh’s Age Concern manager, said: “We use them at the beginning of our social care days, which are held twice a week, as part of the exercise session. They are a very useful way of enabling some of our less able clients to get some exercise.
“Many of them cannot walk or are limited in their ability to move and it means they can exercise their muscles.
“I want to say thank you to FHM – the stress balls are very much appreciated and we have integrated them as part of the day.
“The clients haven’t been the only ones who have been using them, the staff have as well!”
Trish Warren, fit as a fiddle co-ordinator at Age UK Devon, said: “When the company visited Age UK Budleigh Salterton, the clients really enjoyed the stress ball workout and were very keen to use the stress balls on a regular basis.
“It is very refreshing to know that businesses care about the communities in which they work and are willing to work in partnership to help those communities.”
• The social care days are on Tuesdays and Fridays from10am to 4pm. Half a day is £12 and a whole day costs £24.