The message behind the initiative is that sport and exercise are good for everyone, regardless of age or health. Korian is a partner of this major national event, which was held across the country for the first time last weekend. All 370 Korian facilities in France, both long-term care nursing homes and clinics, organised activities from the 21 to 23 September to raise awareness about the many benefits of adapted physical activity (APA).
As part of the celebrations, the French Minister of Sports, Roxana Maracineanu, visited Korian’s Hauts de Jardy home in Vaucresson on Friday 21 September and tried some of their APA workshops. Jacques Maire, Deputy of the Hauts de Seine 8th constituency, and Sophie Boissard, Korian group’s CEO, also joined the teams and residents at the facility for the occasion.
“Exercise is good for elderly people’s health, both as a preventive measure and to improve their well-being. That’s why we have widely incorporated it into our care programme, which coincides with national sports and health strategies. Our facilities did their best to allow as many patients and residents as possible to experience adapted physical activities, which promote health and help create social bonds” says Sophie Boissard, Chief Executive Officer of the Korian group.
More than 300 awareness initiatives held at Korian homes and clinics from 21-23 September.
Over these three days, the entire Korian network pitched in to invite as many residents, patients, families, neighbours and partners as possible to experience APA and its benefits. Teams at Korian’s homes and clinics wanted to show that it’s possible to exercise safely and regularly in a way that is adapted to each individual’s circumstances, such as age, frailty, handicap, isolation, or impaired physical or mental health.
Closely linked to International Alzheimer’s Day, Korian facilities opened their doors for APA demonstrations run by members of staff (fitness instructor, occupational therapist, psychomotrician, physiotherapist). Facilities also hosted “memory lane” coffee meetings on the topic of sport, for residents to get together and enjoy swapping memories about sports, championships, sports personalities, or their own sporting anecdotes.
Korian clinics organised a range of physical and exercise workshops specially adapted to the age and abilities of those who participated, including gymnastics, outdoor walking, relaxation and cardiorespiratory techniques.