Go4Gold 2017

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Residents from Balhousie Care Homes across Perthshire took part in this year’s Go4Gold event, which took place at Bell’s Sports Centre on Tuesday 13th June.

This is the sixth year that Balhousie residents have taken part in the Perth & Kinross Care Home Activity Network event. A total of 120 care home residents attended from 40 different care homes and day care services.

The event brings high quality intergenerational and inter-partnership workings as communities come together to support physical and social inclusion for elderly residents.

Participants took part in various activities including: indoor kurling, fishing for ducks, golf putting, golf throwing target, fishing for ducks, indoor quoits. It’s inclusive of all elderly participants, regardless of age and ability. This year’s theme was the ‘Queens sapphire jubilee’.

Janet Beedie from Pitlochry Care Home commented; ‘I’m 103 and I do this to keep fit, I love it and enjoy meeting other people.’

Balhousie Care Groups Dementia Consultant, Yvonne Manson added: ‘The social and physical benefits for residents is evident throughout the training and on the competition. Exercise has been shown to not only improve mood and reduce falls, but recent studies have also highlight it can improve cognition.’