New exercise schemes in Newcastle
By Hayley Brennan
There are many opportunities for older adults to take part in physical activity in order to keep them fit; many organisations in the Newcastle area host clubs/sessions specifically for the older generation so they are more likely to want to participate in activities and are less likely to feel intimidated or self-conscious.
In Newcastle, I found that one of the best organisations for the older generation is active Newcastle. Active Newcastle cater for the over 50’s and have a range of activities specifically for that age group; this ensures that those within the over 50’s pool are gaining exactly what they need for their age. The great thing about active Newcastle is that membership is free, and you can receive further discounts for other things through this membership! There is also a huge variety of activities to chose from so there is something for everyone! Activities range from aqua fit, to tai chi!
Activities like aqua fit are good for tone and cardio, however it isn’t very strenuous on the body, which means that it is the perfect type of activity for the less mobile participant as they are still gaining benefits
The referral process is very specific, and it is used to refer most conditions.
- A GP consultation is arranged and the patient is then selected for screening - here, the patient will discuss their condition, and the next steps that may be taken in order to resolve their problem.
- The patient is then contacted, informing them of what is likely to happen and how long it will take (approximately) and what should be expected in the near future
- Once selected for a referral, the patient is assessed prior to starting the exercise program - this process involves the patient filling in a par - q and a consent form, acknowledging potential risks and expected benefits
- The patient and GP then discuss what exercises to do, and the time period to do them in, usually a 12 week program will be made - this is done so that the patient is comfortable with the program and so that they know what to expect before hand. This is also for the GP's records so that they know what the current plan is so changes can easily be made if needed in the future.
- About 6 weeks into the program, the GP will have a one to one with the client to see how the program is working, and if any changes are needed incase it is causing too much discomfort, or isn't working/bringing any benefits to the client.
- The client continues with the program and if after the 12 weeks are done and the client is still no better, more options will be discussed and adjustments to the program may be made, or another referral may be given
- The GP then has follow ups with the patient to monitor progress so that the patient can be treated to the best of the GP's/specialists capability and so that records are made incase of reoccurrence.