A recent article in the guardian newspaper explained that in south London, a group called 'Parkour Dance' are conducting regular sessions of Parkour tuition aimed at the elderly. The sessions are not the same as the younger see or do Parkour, but one and a half-hour classes based on increasing basic movement and encouraging the elderly to be more confident and trust their own bodies especially during the winter months when pavements can be icy. The ultimate goal set by the group is that when the elderly are strolling through the local park or walking to the supermarket, they will take the time to think about a different route or taking the route differently. The group teaches balance exercises and a few of the members have taken to endeavouring to balance while walking on the edge of a curb. This may seem a little extreme to the general public but Parkour is all about taking risks in order to break barriers both physical and mental. When you hear Parkour you generally think of people leaping and bouncing along the skyline which seems like the product of years of practice and skill development, the group is not going for this but simply to give the elderly an increased range of movement and a stronger body. Some members of the group have taken on the challenge of trying out almost herculean tasks such as climbing over benches. These tasks may sound simple to you or me but are near impossible for a 64 year old with a hip replacement. "This is a great opportunity for many older people like myself who live alone, to get out of the house and keep both physically and mentally fit,The social [...]
Every week in the UK at least 12 young people die suddenly from undiagnosed heart conditions. CRY offers subsidised ECG and Echocardiogram screening to all young people between the ages of 14 and 35. The charity urges young people to get tested particularly if they are engaged in sport. On March 17th CRY will be holding the first ECG screening clinic in Totnes where any fit and healthy young person can go and be tested. Book online here - http://www.c-r-y.org.uk/ecg.htm SCREENING means having: An Electrocardiogram (ECG), which looks at the electrical conduction pathways around the heart. Small stickers known as electrodes are placed on the client's chest and the wires connect to an ECG machine whilst you lie still. A printout of the hearts electrical activity is obtained for evaluation by the cardiologist. This test is painless, non-invasive and takes a matter of a few minutes to perform An Echocardiogram (Echo) is an ultrasound test (such as offered to pregnant women) which looks at the structure of the heart. From the information provided on screen, measurements are taken which give a guide to muscle thickness and size of the chambers of the heart. Again, this test is non-invasive and painless and takes approximately 20 minutes to perform.