For active people there is a 20% to 35% lower risk of cardiovascular disease, coronary heart disease and stroke
There is an approximately 30% lower risk of colon cancer and approximately 20% lower risk of breast cancer for adults participating in daily physical activity
Over half (51%) of all people aged 75 and over live alone (ONS, 2010)
Two fifths of all older people (about 3.9 million) say the television is their main company (Age UK, 2014)
63% of adults aged 52 or over who have been widowed, and 51% of the same group who are separated or divorced report, feeling lonely some of the time or often (Beaumont, 2013)
59% of adults aged over 52 who report poor health say they feel lonely some of the time or often, compared to 21% who say they are in excellent health (Beaumont, 2013)
(All statistics taken from http://www.campaigntoendloneliness.org/loneliness-research/)
Above are some of statistics relating to older generations in the UK. However there are a number of organisations trying to change the the health implications of loneliness in older adults, including Silverfit. A charity set up by the incredibly talented Edwina Brocklesby - not only the UK’s oldest ironman but a vivacious 70+ year old who has more energy than most 20 year olds - Silverfit’s purpose is to get older people active. This will assist older people to live a longer healthier and happier life, and reduce stress on the NHS. Silverfit is also a fantastic way for older people to socialise, get out of the house and meet new people every day.
I am honored to work with Silverfit by running a Silver Cheerleading session on Wednesday mornings (I also have a second session starting on the 18th of February in the evening in Brixton). In my first class, I have the pleasure of teaching a number of older ladies and one gentleman cheerleading, and in our last session we completed learning one routine - an amazing achievement! We have already been approached to do a demonstration at a festival in London celebrating women and I am sure there will be many more events to come.
Speaking to some of the ladies who attend my session it is evident how important having these social and fitness opportunities are to them; one lady was telling me how it had changed her life, how she has so much more energy and no longer spends her days in front of her TV.
I believe it’s in everyone’s best interest to stay active throughout your life, and encouraging people to try new things like Silverfit and Silver Cheerleading is the way you can achieve this. Its also a big goal of mine to see Silver Cheerleading demonstrations at sports events throughout the UK, how fantastic would that be!
Silverfit run sessions in: Hyde Park, Burgess Park, Crystal Palace, Brockwell Park, The Den Millwall, Academy of Sport, Brixton, Broomfield Park and Richmond. Running sessions in Nordic Walking, Pilates, Cycling, Bollywood, Cheerleading and Walking Football.