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2 Day Well-Being Event at Gifford Lea - Open to the Over 65s - 19th and 20th February

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Gifford Lea is inviting our over-65s to share their views on well-being at a 2 day FREE brunch, afternoon tea, and beer and wine tasting next week.

The focus group event is taking place at Gifford Lea on Tuesday 19 February to help our later living operator develop its well-being strategy.

Ben Wilkins, a researcher for Oomph! — the UK's leading well-being business for older adults — is running the event on behalf of Gifford Lea, to gather people's opinions on well-being.

Ben says: "Each session will include the same questions but people are more than welcome to join in for one — or all — of the events! All feedback will be anonymous and used to create a framework so Inspired can plan how best to help its residents to enjoy a happy, healthy and active retirement."

  • The brunch will run from 10.30-11.30am
  • The afternoon tea from 2.30-3.30pm; and,
  • The beer and wine tasting from 4.30-6pm

Those who attend will be invited to complete a questionnaire, take part in group discussion, and write down suggestions and responses to questions, which will be posted in a sealed envelope.

The over-65s are then invited back to Gifford Lea the following day, on Wednesday 20th February, to take part in a varied programme of fun activities. There will be:

  • Yoga and tai chi from 10-10.45am;
  • A pub quiz and walk from 2-3pm; and
  • A strength and balance session from 3.30-4.15pm

Again, the sessions will be run by Ben, who is also a registered osteopath, exercise instructor and musculoskeletal clinical champion.

James Cobb, Director of Inspired Villages Group, says: "The focus group and activity sessions are part of our commitment to dramatically improving our residents' physical, social and mental well-being.

"However, not only will the events help us to develop our health and well-being strategy for our residents, they will also benefit the wider community in Cheshire, who will get the chance to socialise and be active over the two days.

"We're working with Oomph! and two other wellness organisations, ukactive and hero, to offer an innovative well-being programme based on what residents want. The exciting initiative has already seen the residents of one Inspired village clock up more than 7 million steps in the space of just six weeks!"

The importance of older people maintaining meaningful engagement with the world around them has been highlighted by Age UK's 'Index of Wellbeing in Later Life'. The Index shows this engagement could be through social, creative or physical activity, or through employment or belonging to a community group.

James adds: "Our residents at Gifford Lea have an exciting year ahead, including the opening of our eagerly-awaited Clubhouse and wellness spa, scheduled for late spring. The stunning new facilities will include a swimming pool, sauna, steam room, treatment suite and relaxation spaces, and will offer our residents plenty of opportunities to be healthy and active.

"Also opening in the spring will be a stylish brasserie with changing seasonal menus, a garden room (ideal for hobby groups), a library and a beauty salon — which will all help our residents to make the most of their retirement."

The focus group and activities take place on Tuesday and Wednesday, 19th and 20th February at Gifford Lea, in Frog Lane, Tattenhall, near Chester, CH3 9DN.

To book a place or find out more, please call 01829 289 124 or email info@giffordlea.co.uk.

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