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100 Year Old lauds benefits of making friends and keeping fit

A 100 year old woman from Sefton is backing a council led campaign to celebrate the importance of mental and physical well-being.

May marks Sefton’s Year Of Friendship’s ‘Active’ month, where the Local Authority celebrates community groups, teams, individuals and organisations who promote healthy bodies, minds and flourishing friendships through keeping fit, playing sport and more.

Sefton Council’s campaign is being supported by a number of groups and organisations across the borough, including Bootle Bucks Inclusion Football Club, the Merseyside Sports Partnership (MSP) and South Sefton Clinical Commissioning Group (SSCCG).

The importance of making lasting relationships all while keeping fit and active has certainly not been lost on 100 year old Alma Jones from Maghull, who regularly attends an Active Ageing Falls Prevention class.

Bootle born Alma regularly joins other elderly residents at St Andrews Church, Maghull for the weekly classes where skilled instructors help Over 65s to develop muscle strength and improve balance, with the aim of preventing potentially serious falls or accidents.

However Alma says she benefits just as much from the social inclusion aspect of the course.

Alma said: “For one thing the Active Ageing course gets your arms and legs moving, which maybe would not be happening otherwise but also we’re socialising, which a lot of people don’t do when living on their own.

“Some people just stay in their house, just watching television and not speaking to anyone. 

“So I make a point of going out every day, coming to this class, and keep on socialising. Often I will invariably meet somebody and talk to somebody which you should do when you’re older.

“I love coming to the class. I have always been very active and throughout my life I’ve done lots of exciting things like rock-climbing and made sure I always kept fit by swimming, cycling and general good living.”

To find out more about Sefton Council’s Year Of Friendship www.mysefton.co.uk.