In Ulft, the FreeWheel Club is a successful example of self-organisation. For almost 6 years, 70 seniors meet up every morning to participate in sports activities and share coffee. Exercising together works well here; the participants stimulate each other by being active and the social aspect is an added benefit. The fitness level of the participants has been measured over time and appears to be improving, while the conditions of similar aged but inactive seniors is declining.
Leyden Academy is researching this ‘recipe for success’ and would like to see it spread to other locations in order to keep seniors active and healthier for longer. In the fall of 2016, a similar initiative will launch in North Leiden; the Vitality Club. If this pilot produces the same results as with the FreeWheel Club in Ulft, we plan to set up more Vitality Clubs in other locations. Our goal is to empower seniors to take charge of their daily exercise and integrate this into their routine to become healthier and happier as they age.
Want to know more? Contact David van Bodegom.