GCU's care home olympics highlights active ageing

21 September 2015

Scotland’s first international care home ‘Olympic Games’ was hosted by Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) on Saturday (September 19).

An American team of care home residents flew 4,000 miles to Glasgow to take part in the games for the elderly.

The Sporting Senior Games saw elderly people from Charleston, West Virginia compete in a series of events against care home residents from throughout Scotland.

Dawn Skelton, GCU’s Professor in Ageing and Health, organised the games, which took place in the University’s Arc health and fitness facility.

The Sporting Senior Games were organised in collaboration with charity Erskine and the Institute for Geri Olympics and Active Living in West Virginia.

The Games promoted active living, wellbeing and quality of life among older people. GCU has significant research expertise in developing and evaluating new interventions to promote healthy living, maintain independence, improve quality of life and activity in older adults, including evidence-based fall prevention programmes for elderly people at risk of falls and promoting physical independence by involving users in rehabilitation.

“Being as active as possible whenever possible is a message for everyone, but particularly important for people living in care homes,” said Professor Skelton. “The Sporting Senior Games, which we hope to make a yearly event, aim to increase awareness of the fun of friendly competition even at advanced ages.”

View all the images from the day.