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Elderly 'should exercise daily'

PHYSICAL activity should be part of every elderly resident's daily life in care homes, according to the national care watchdog.

The Care Inspectorate is calling for 1000 homes to join a campaign to support physical activity for older residents. It has also launched a multi-media resource pack preaching the value of care home residents keeping active whether by exercising, gardening, going for a walk or simply making a cup of tea.

Annette Bruton, the inspectorate's chief executive said: "Keeping active can often mean taking part in simple activities like making their bed, helping to prepare a meal or going for a short walk. When people are supported to take part in activities, we know it can make a huge difference to their quality of life."

The initiative is backed by Loughborough University's National Centre for Physical Activity and Health.

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