Nursing home residents take part in ‘Fit for Life Olympics’

Nursing home residents around Ireland will take part in the ‘Fit for Life’ Olympics this week, Positive Ageing Week.  The event allows residents, family and nursing home staff to get involved in Fit for Life’s Group Exercise therapy sessions and learn more about the benefits of keeping active in old age.

The Fit for Life Olympics run from 27th to the 30th of September in 22 nursing homes in Dublin, Cork, Limerick, Tipperary, Mayo, Kilkenny, Wexford and Wicklow.  Participants, who’ve been training for the event for the past month, will compete against each other in team events such as bowling, magnetic darts, golf and ring toss. Gold, silver and bronze medals will be awarded to winners.

Speaking ahead of the Fit for Life Olympics, Managing Director of Fit for Life, Mark Sweeney said “We here at Fit for Life are committed to improving the quality of life of the older generation.  The Fit for Life Olympics are designed to provide our clients with a fun event where their families and nursing home staff can get involved and see the benefits of keeping active!  Our clients in the 22 nursing homes involved have been practising their events for the last few weeks and we’re seeing a healthy competitive spirit brewing as a result!”

“Fit for Life’s team of chartered physiotherapists, exercise physiologists, and exercise and rehabilitation specialists have been providing active life services to nursing homes, day care centers and active retirement groups for the past 10 years” added Mr Sweeney.  “Our research and experience over that period has shown that those over 50 can really benefit from keeping active and getting regular exercise.  Our specialised group exercise therapy sessions are designed to provide a fun environment in which participants can improve their flexibility, mobility and balance.”

Fit for Life, an Irish company, provides extensive health based services to over 3,000 clients over the age of 60 in over a 100 residential Nursing Homes, Day Care Centre’s, Hospitals and other organisations throughout the 26 counties.  It also provides services to community groups and private individuals on a weekly basis.  Services provided include group exercise therapy classes, physiotherapy, active life classes, physical and rehabilitation therapy and much more.

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About Fit for Life:

Fit For Life, was established in 2001 by Mark Sweeney to provide a wide range of services for adults, from the very active right through to those who may need more assistance in their day to day lives.  The company currently employs 22 fully qualified and experienced staff, all of whom are educated to a minimum of a BSc standard in relevant disciplines such as physiotherapy, exercise physiology and exercise and rehabilitation.  All staff are full and practising members of their respective associations including the Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists.

Fit for Life’s mission is to empower the ageing Irish population and help them to remain as active and independent as possible, ensuring they achieve and maintain the best quality of life possible.

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