Bexley pensioners given dancing boost
PUBLISHED: 10:25 26 October 2012
More than 100 Bexley pensioners were invited to a dance aimed at improving the health of the elderly.
The event, aimed to coincide with National Old People’s Day, had the theme of the Queen’s coronation in 1953. Revellers dressing up in traditional 50s outfits and tucking into food from the era including spam and bread pudding.
It was organised by the newly formed Bexley Clinical Commissioning Group (BCCG), which will be in charge of delivering local health services from April next year.
Dr Howard Stoate said: “The elderly population is sizeable in Bexley and associated long-term conditions are a major issue in terms of care and cost.
“The new organisation is keen to engage with patients both in terms of education and getting a steer from what they see as local health priorities.”
Bexley has one of the largest elderly populations in London, and BCCG says they are most likely to be affected by long-term conditions such as heart disease, diabetes and respiratory problems.