Celebrating Older People’s Day

People over 60 were offered free health and wellbeing MOTs in Whitehaven last week, to celebrate national older people’s day. 

Physiotherapists from Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, CPFT, organised the event at Whitehaven Library which brought together teams of Allied Health Professionals, third sector organisations and other groups to offer advice and support at the heart of the community. 

Well over 100 people turned up for check-ups and advice on staying well from teams including physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists, dieticians, speech and language therapists, memory matters, cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation. 
Tracey Mifflin, CPFT Physiotherapy Professional Lead, said:

“We wanted to do something special to celebrate older people’s day. By bringing so many services together in one place we’ve been able to offer a wide range of advice and the feedback has been fantastic. Holding the event in the library has allowed us to reach out to people who might not usually use our services. We’ve been able to refer people to relevant teams and services with a few simple checks and removed people from our waiting lists by providing timely advice.”

Mary Broatch, a member of the public who attended the event, said:

“It’s been a really interesting event, so convenient having everything in the centre of town. It’s been a great chance for a quick check up and has been really good to socialise too, I hope they do it again soon.”

A number of other organisations also attended including Citizens Advice, Wiltshire Farm Foods, West Cumbria Carers, Fit 4 Life, Alzheimer’s Society, North Country Leisure, Active Cumbria and Age UK. They were on hand to talk about the services they offer to older people and the support that’s available. Dorothy Barwise, West Cumbria Carers, said:

“The event has been a brilliant way to spread the word about the services we offer. We’re always looking for volunteers too and we’ve been able to talk to lots of people about the opportunities available.” 

One attendee commented:

“I had no idea there was so much support available and it’s been a good reminder of everything I need to check. My friend has been told she has high blood pressure and has booked an appointment with her GP for this afternoon, I’m so glad we came.”

Vicky Johnston, Specialist Physiotherapist at Dent View Rehabilitation Centre added:

“Over 60 people participated in a functional fitness MOT and received relevant advice on how to improve their physical activity. It’s been a great success and an ideal opportunity to promote active and healthy aging of our local population.” 

Older people’s day is a national day to celebrate the contribution older people make to society and the economy. Whitehaven Library provided refreshments to raise money for MacMillan Cancer as well as advice on their range of services.

Above: Vicky Johnston & Tracey Mifflin, event organisers

More information on advice and support available from organisations who attended is available on the links below:

West Cumbria Carers - www.westcumbriacarers.co.uk 
Age UK West Cumbria - www.ageuk.org.uk/westcumbria 
Citizens Advice - www.citizensadvice.org.uk
Wiltshire Farm Foods - www.wiltshirefarmfoods.com
Alzheimer’s society - www.alzheimers.org.uk
Fit 4 Life - www.fit4lifecumbria.org
North Country Leisure - www.northcountryleisure.org.uk
Active Cumbria  - www.activecumbria.org