Older people in the Ripon area had the chance to enjoy a stroll and afternoon tea to mark Older People’s Day recently.
Elizabeth Davison, chartered physiotherapist and volunteer with the British Red Cross, collaborated with the Community Connect Service to take older clients to Ripon Walled Garden.
Older People’s Day is held annually to celebrate the achievements and contribution that older people make to society.
Elizabeth, who works at Bedale Mobile Physiotherapy, used the occasion to show how physiotherapy and staying active enables older people to remain healthy and independent.
Exercise and activity manages and cuts the risks of a variety of conditions including heart disease, some cancers, type 2 diabetes, stroke and mental illness.
Elizabeth said: “We had a really informative talk and tour of the garden followed by delicious homemade afternoon tea. A third of people over 65 will have a fall this year. The risk of falling increases as we age: half of all people over 80 will fall at least once a year.
“Falls rob many older people of their hard-won health and independence, costing around £2.3billion a year.”
Elizabeth was on hand to provide advice and literature produced by Saga and The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy.
Anyone interested in volunteering or accessing the British Red Cross Community Connect Service can contact Paula Morris on 07834 803002.