The 2018 Suffolk Care Home Olympics coming soon

The 3rd annual Suffolk Care Home Olympics starts in October 2018.

The purpose of the competition is to give care home residents a fun and enjoyable experience of sport whilst also highlighting the importance of physical activity within social care settings.

Residents of Childwick House in Newmarket are set to defend their crown, in what is expected to be a hotly contested competition.

Organisers, Elatus Sports and Suffolk County Council, are expecting around 40 care homes to take part.

Last year 300 residents, up to the age of 102 years, in 29 care settings across Suffolk competed in 3 sports (Boccia, fishing and curling) over the autumn and winter months.

Older adults who participate in any amount of physical activity gain some health benefits, including maintaining good physical and cognitive function. Some physical activity is better than none, and more physical activity provides greater health benefits.

With Suffolk’s older population expected to rise significantly over the next 20 years or so, initiatives like this are really important to our ambition of becoming the Most Active County in England.