Activities at Aveley Lodge
“Keeping physically active in later life has many benefits. It improves physical and mental health, and it enables people to stay independent for longer and do the things they value most.” Aging Better UK
An active and fulfilled lifestyle is what we aim for at Aveley Lodge. As well as being more physically active in general, we know that maintaining and improving muscle strength and balance can help people in later life continue to carry out activities of daily living and reduce their risk of falls. Exercise is vital not only to keep our residents moving and healthy as they age, but also to help improve their mental health and well-being
Here at Aveley Lodge, our full time activities coordinator offers a varied and exciting social calendar of activities, events and entertainment through one to one work and group activities. We actively and openly encourage family and friends to join us and participate in all our activities and events as well. We offer Cognitive Stimulation Therapy (CST) in small groups of six, led by the residents themselves and overseen by the Activities Coordinator. We are also a member of the National Activities Providers Association (N.A.P.A.) so you can be assured that we are committed to improving the quality of life for older people through person-centred activities.
“If you can keep your mind active you are likely to reduce your risk of dementia. Also keeping socially engaged and having a good social network may also reduce your dementia risk.” Alzheimer’s UK
Listed below are some of the various activities we regularly offer incorporating the needs and benefits of our residents as part of our tailored and balanced programme:
- Arts and Crafts
- Theme days and themed food events such as “Spanish Day”, “1960’S Day” etc
- Monthly Coffee Mornings including visitors from the local community
- Regular Cooking Club
- Monthly Afternoon Teas
- Knit and Natter Group
- Needlecraft Club
- Poetry Club
- Charity Fundraising Events
- Film Afternoons
- Arm chair exercises
- Musical work and reminiscence
- Pets As Therapy / Animal Therapy
- Annual Summer BBQ and Christmas Party
- Gardening Club
- Family dining events
- Church Visits and Communion
- Seasonal celebrations
- Board games and puzzles
- Quiz afternoons
- Guest speakers
- WII games
- Writing Club / Pen Pal scheme
- Flower Arranging
- Newspapers and magazines
- Monthly Service User Meetings
- Lawn Bowls
- Table Tennis/Badminton
- Mobile Library Visits
- W.I. visits
- Residents onsite mobile Shop
- Bodyshop Evening parties
- Visits from the local community such as pre-school children, school children, Brownies and independent entertainers like magicians, performing arts groups and mobile pottery franchise.
- Onsite Unisex Hair salon and treatment room including Chiropody. Other services such as Dentist, Optician, and Physiotherapist available on request.
“You don’t have to be moving around to benefit from exercise. Chair-based exercises, which you can do sitting or holding on to the back of a chair, are ideal for improving muscle strength and flexibility.” AgeUK
Benefits of Activities
Here at Aveley Lodge, we recognise that people who are regularly active, sleep better, have lower blood pressure, a lower risk of heart disease, a lower risk of stroke and type 2 diabetes, some cancers, depression, and dementia. It can also boost an individual’s confidence and self-esteem.
Also, as most people know, falls are common amongst people in later life and are the most frequent cause of hip fractures. People who have had a fall often lose confidence and mobility and may need extra help with daily living activities like eating, dressing and going to the toilet. Falls are also very expensive for our health and social care system. There are many things that can cause older adults to fall, including long-term health conditions, deteriorating vision, medication that causes dizziness and hazards in the home or community environment.
However, we at Aveley Lodge know that low muscle strength and poor balance are the two most common preventable risk factors for falls. Did you know that the Chief Medical Officer’s guidelines recommend that older adults do at least two sessions of muscle strengthening and balance activities per week?
At Aveley Lodge, through our varied and exciting activities and events programmes, we believe not only are our resident’s health needs met and improved but they help increase individual abilities in the following ways too:
Please see our “Forthcoming Events” list on our website and our Facebook page for the latest activities and events taking place here at Aveley. If you would like to know more about our Activities programme or would like to offer your services to our residents, please call our Activities team on 01206 729304 or email firstname.lastname@example.org