Over but not out – it’s time to relax and breathe for the oldies among us

IT’S often said there’s no fun growing old and for some advancing years can be challenging times.

But help is usually at hand with a chance to meet new friends, learn new skills and take the stress out of living longer.

From next month Shaw and Crompton residents can do just that with the launch of relax and breathe classes for over 55’s.

Held at Sweetbriar House, Glebe Street, they a more accessible extension of work already undertaken by mental health nurse, Lucy Livesey at Sports Physio UK on Market Street.

And you don’t have to be a Sweetbriar House resident to join in the weekly sessions staring on June 27 and continuing every Thursday from 11am.

Lucy’s latest venture began to take shape after chatting to Ambition for Ageing Oldham.

“I mentioned about the Relax with Lucy classes and they thought it would be a good idea to offer it to the over 55’s but at a reduced cost.

“I put a funding application together, submitted it and was delighted when they gave me funding for a year,” she told the Correspondent.

“Every week we will be doing breathing sessions, guided relaxation perhaps a visualisation theme to help with anxiety. People don’t have to book, they can just drop in.

“All I am charging is £2 which will be saved so when the funding comes to an end, I’ll be able to sustain the classes going forward.

“A couple of my older clients really enjoy the current sessions but struggled with accessibility issues.

“At Sweetbriar, there is a nice big room, there are no stairs but disabled access.

“Afterwards there will be tea and coffee plus a chance to have a chat about any matters which might be troubling them.”

For more information go to
078123 94056

• Ambition for Ageing Oldham are also behind a free training course for over 50’s in Crompton interested in learning British sign language.
For more information contact: handstocommunicate@hotmail.com or phone 07732 802437

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