Physio students offering fitness assessments to over-60s

Physiotherapy students from the University of Plymouth are helping over-60s assess their health at a series of free community events.

The Functional Fitness MOTs are being carried out at the University and in Plymstock over the coming weeks where participants are taken through a variety of tests that will give an indication of their exercise performance.

The tests, which include flexibility, muscle power, balance and aerobic endurance, come with a set of ‘normal values’ for people of different ages to give them an idea of whether they are doing well compared to their peers, or whether they could benefit from being more active.

Participants then receive a free personalised workbook of results and will learn about local physical activity and exercise opportunities in and around their local area.

Dates and times are as follows:

Monday 20 May
University of Plymouth Roland Lewinsky Building, (ground floor), 2-4.30pm

Tuesday 21 May
Age UK, William Venton Centre, 8 Memory Lane, Plymstock, PL9 9GH, 2-4.30pm

Tuesday 28 May
Age UK, William Venton Centre, 8 Memory Lane, Plymstock, PL9 9GH, 2-4.30pm

Anyone interested in taking part can email Dr Liz Candy for more information, or just walk in on the day

The events are run in conjunction with Age UK in Plymouth.

Dr Liz Candy, Lecturer in Physiotherapy at the University of Plymouth, said: 

“This is an exciting opportunity for students to be involved in health promotion for older adults as well as engaging with the local community, and I am sure both the students and participants will benefit greatly from the experience. I’d like to thank Age UK and Age Concern, as well as Pauline at Zest Physiotherapy, for making the sessions possible, as it’s a fantastic opportunity."

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