My name is Sara Graham and I have worked as a Physiotherapy Assistant at Christchurch hospital for 21 years. I still currently work at the Day Hospital 2 days a week. As part of my role at the day hospital, I assisted with a Parkinson’s exercise class then I was asked to take over the running of it. This is when I developed an interest in Parkinson’s and a passion for exercise classes.
In January 2016 I funded myself to obtain a qualification so I could run my own exercise classes in the community. In January 2017 I started Motivated Movers to enrich the lives of older people through exercise, socialising and fun. My aim was that my classes not only helped people improve their physical well-being but also their social well-being. I currently hold 2 free social events a year in the summer and at Christmas where many of those that attend my classes come together with their partners to interact socially.
At the moment I run 5 exercise classes targeted at different levels of ability and 2 are specifically for people with Parkinson’s though all are suitable for people with Parkinson’s depending on their severity. I also do one to one exercise sessions.
Edexcel Level 3 NVQ in Health (Allied Health Profession support-Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy
Level 4 Diploma in Health Promotion: Enriching lives by addressing Lifestyles/Teaching Evidence-Based Exercise (RCN accredited learning )- Younger for Longer training
Emergency First Aid at Work
Increases life span Prevents falls Prevents or delays disease
Reduced risk of developing dementia
Improves bone density Increases confidence and independence
It’s always good to meet together each week and get ourselves stretching and moving properly with simple exercises.
Learning to be mindful about our posture and balance helps us to keep healthy and active.