We are very excited to have been successful in our bid to ambition for ageing to deliver a series of community conversations in Bolton exploring the current physical exercise habits of elderly Somali women in the borough. The small scale project will also explore the barriers and issues that may prohibit this diaspora from engaging in physical exercise. Ambition for ageing is a Greater Manchester level programme aimed at creating more age friendly places and empowering people to live fulfilling lives as they age.
Said the Foundation’s Executive Director Imam Abdul Hafeez Siddique ‘We are delighted to take part in this project. The study fits hand in glove with the Foundation’s key strategic pillar which is to participate in research that positively impacts community cohesion in the town. Physical exercise in later life is important not just because of the obvious health benefits it brings but also because of the large number of elderly people who experience loneliness and isolation in later life. Reducing barriers to physical activity is therefore a good opportunity to allow our senior citizens to socialise and enjoy the company of others; this can only be good for community cohesion in the borough’.