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More swordplay for Elgin OAPs

By Lorna Thompson

SOME local OAPs enjoyed fencing lessons so much that a second session has been lined up at an Elgin sheltered housing complex.

The free fencing class will be held at Hanover Housing, Linkwood View, on Wednesday, July 17, at 1.45pm, as part of the First Time for Everything programme run by Royal Voluntary Service (RVS) and Prudential.

The aim is to offer older people opportunities to try out new activities for free in their local community – as staying active and social have been proven to be major factors in keeping fit and well in later years.

Robin Paterson, of Elgin Duellist Fencing Club, said: "The general health benefits for older people of staying physically active for both mind and body are now widely known.

Margaret Rose Wood at the first fencing session held at Hanover Housing in Elgin.
Margaret Rose Wood at the first fencing session held at Hanover Housing in Elgin.

"However, for fencing there is emerging scientific research pointing to some specific benefits relating to this ancient sport.

"Mentally, the quick decision-making required when fencing may improve cognitive functions which decline as part of the natural ageing process. Physically, fencing requires good core body and leg strength, flexibility and suppleness. These are the same muscles that help prevent falls in old age.

"Most importantly, fencing is brilliant fun for young and old alike."

The first fencing lesson was held in May, and such was the reception that Robin was invited back. New participants are welcome. No experience is required and all equipment will be provided on the day. Participants can also find out about other local RVS activities for older people.

To book a place at the fencing class, contact Ian Menzies, RVS activity co-ordinator, on 07342 052420 or email ian.menzies@royalvoluntaryservice.org.uk.

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