Free Wellbeing Packs aim to get over-70s up and moving

If you're over 70, or living alone or clinically extremely vulnerable, you're entitled to receive one of these

Wednesday, 12th May 2021, 3:55 pm
Updated Wednesday, 12th May 2021, 3:59 pm
Seated exercise

Over-70s and anyone living alone in Bucks are entitled to receive a free Home Wellbeing Pack from Buckinghamshire Council, to encourage them to become more active as lockdown restrictions ease.

The unitary council has teamed up with Leap, the Active Partnership for Buckinghamshire, to make 10,000 free Home Wellbeing Packs available for older residents "to help them recover their physical and emotional resilience as lockdown restrictions ease", a spokesman said.

A recent Age UK national survey found that over a quarter of older adults can’t walk as far as they did following the past year of lockdowns, with one in five also saying they felt less steady on their feet. And this loss of core strength, balance and general physical fitness increases the risk of frailty and falling.

Contents of the Home Wellbeing Pack

But Bucks Council says these risks can be reduced by simply sitting less and moving more.

Each Home Wellbeing Pack pack consists of a DVD, an audio CD and a Public Health England 'activity at home' booklet outlining a range of low-intensity seated and non-seated exercises that can be done weekly. Packs also include details about local services and other guidance on improving emotional and physical wellbeing.

Every resident who is aged over 70, or living alone, shielding or on the Clinically Extremely Vulnerable list should receive a Home Wellbeing Pack, with community groups and hundreds of volunteers helping with the distribution.

Buckinghamshire's Director of Public Health, Jane O'Grady, said: “As we've lived with the unprecedented effects of the pandemic for over a year now, it’s really important to recognise that some residents will have been more impacted than others, especially those who are older or have been shielding.

“The simple exercises included within the pack will help and encourage older residents to sit less, move more and take small steps to recovering some of the lost strength and balance to allow them to return to their normal activity levels, particularly with restrictions now easing."

If you meet the criteria for a free pack but haven’t yet received one, packs can be collected from local libraries across the county. Opening times can be found online at www.buckinghamshire.gov.uk/libraries

Alternatively, you can download a digital copy of the Home Wellbeing Pack by visiting www.activebucks.co.uk and clicking on the “Home Wellbeing Pack” link.