Older people in Perth & Kinross took part in a care home challenge event to highlight the importance of physical activity.
120 residents from 40 care homes and day centres across the region tried their hand at various games and challenges at the eighth annual Go4Gold event in Bells Sports Centre in Perth.
The event, which is one of the biggest of its kind in Scotland, was designed around this year’s theme of walking more often to increase the activity levels of frail older people receiving care. This also ties in with an exciting partnership with Paths for All which is working with local care homes over the next two years to offer person-centred physical activity programmes based around walking and strength and balance exercises.
The participants took part in various physical challenges including indoor kurling, golf throwing target, fishing for ducks, hoopla, and a golf putting challenge.
Each team was supported by carers, staff, and volunteers from the Rotary, Soroptimists, Tesco, Scottish and Southern Electricity, Perth College UHI, Perth High School, and other organisations.
Some of the other activities on the day included a warm-up session led by Perth College UHI, a games challenge, and a tea dance and sing song with the Perth High School ceilidh band providing the music and singers.
Participants trained for and practiced the activities within their care setting in the weeks before the event. Staff and residents from each care home also created posters for a competition reflecting the theme of ‘Memories of Walking and Walking Activities’.
Each participant received a Go4Gold medal and certificate and trophies were presented for the overall winner, most enthusiastic team, best team name, best team identity and best poster.
Go4Gold was organised by the Perth & Kinross Health and Social Care Partnership (P&K HSCP) in conjunction with Live Active Leisure, the third sector and local care homes. The event aims to increase physical activity levels for all care home residents in a fun and meaningful way.
P&K HSCP falls service manager Carolyn Wilson said, “The Go4Gold event is a main highlight of the care home year. It’s fantastic to observe the competitive spirit, enthusiasm and excitement created by all those taking part. Go4Gold demonstrates that everyone can exercise in some way and today we have seen a lasting legacy promoting physical activity. It goes to prove that even the frailest in our society can come together, participate in physical activity and above all have fun.
Chief Executive of Perth & Kinross Council Karen Reid, who officially opened the event, said, “Go4Gold is a fantastic example of how physical activity and fun can be built into all stages of our lives, and it was a privilege to be invited to open this year’s event.
“The whole event is a tribute to the residents who embrace the training days and the spirit of the competition. Thanks also to all of the staff who work to create it, and the families and friends who support the activities. Proof that in Perth you can live life well at any age.”