The ongoing COVID-19 global pandemic means that it is more important than ever to find ways of connecting younger people with older people to promote physical activity and reduce feelings of isolation and loneliness. The Active Across Ages project is continuing to do just that.
School closures and restricted access to care homes and other settings has posed many challenges for the project but young people have been maintaining contact by writing letters, making telephone calls and connecting digitally, thereby learning from each other to develop valuable new skills.
A series of fun activity cards have been produced, each highlighting a way in which an older person who is having to self-isolate or a group if they are COVID-19 free can enjoy being active. The cards are designed to help adults aged 65 and over meet the recommended weekly amount and type of physical activity. Ten-pin skittles, alphabet challenge, ballet warm-up, sock boccia and dancing days are some of the activities on offer.
Now we are working with new partners to find ways of connecting digitally so that the project can still flourish while social distancing measures are still in place.
Your support continues to make a huge difference to the lives of younger and older people alike. THANK YOU.
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