We hope you are all looking after yourselves and taking care at this uncertain time. Some were viewing it as a time when we might get some things done (without excuse) – from my own point of view, mine was spring cleaning and gardening but… nothing done yet!
We have had offers of help from some of our members should anyone contact us with needs. Thanks for thinking of each other. Please take care all, and use any offers of help from neighbours if you think it will help you to stay safe. We know that we have been the ‘carers’ and ‘minders’ for many years and it is hard to break the habit BUT now it is our time to be taken care of.
We are unlikely to be having any classes until after Easter. By then we should know more about everything and we hope we will be able to run the outstanding classes into May. We will keep you updated. Many of our tutors have been in touch and hoping we are all well. I assured them that we would pass their good wishes on to you all.
One of the things we can do for ourselves is exercise and with the help of some tutors, some of the Committee and some outside bodies, we have put together the following information for you.
Chair exercises –
Message from Magda…
Standing sequence for stronger legs:
Sequence for Balance:
Gentle yoga practice:
Yoga sites with free trial:
Channel with many other meditations recorded by the same couple:
Chair exercise session from Age and Opportunity site (mentioned on today’s radio)- https://ageandopportunity.ie/age-opportunitys-movement-minutes-session-1/ It does not start until about 11 minutes in so just drag across to that point – lasts about 15 minutes.
Exercise videos from FCC Sports Office sent by Louise Edmonds who has supported us so much since we began.
Stronger for Longer Louise is reminding us to get busy on these BUT asking us to be sure to do the modified version of each exercise where it is shown!
These exercise sessions are made available by Fingal County Council Sports Office for educational and guidance purposes only. You should be in good physical condition and be able to participate in the exercise. Any home workouts arising from this video series undertaken by you should be done so in a responsible manner. Remember if you experience any pain or shortness of breath while exercising stop immediately.
Session 1 https://youtu.be/tDCSRDJozHM
Session 2 https://youtu.be/4vJISIYNZus
Walking guidelines from Breda, Sli na Slainte
Do if you can, get out walking – if going to the beach or park or even around the block, observe social distancing (HSE Guidelines). I personally, would advise not using exercise equipment around parks or in other places as is used by many people but not sanitised between uses. If you have a dog great excuse for walking and social distancing. Set a small time or distance challenge – try to increase your walking each day. Get out at least every second day. Weather is generally good and, if not, there is usually a window of good weather in a day – so grab it! Even if just for a breath of fresh air.
You can walk in your home, on the spot or up & down the stairs or around the garden. Here is a website to get acquainted with for now and the future, re walking. www.getirelandwalking.ie
Message from An Garda Siochana
One of our Committee, Willie, attends the Fingal Public Participitation Network and the following was posted on email to him for sharing with all our members. It may prove useful to you.
As you know as part of the national response to Covid-19, the Department of Health, the Department of Rural and Community Development and the HSE are working closely to support stakeholders and community groups.
Message from An Garda Siochana
Please find a message from an Garda Siochana that we have been asked to circulate to you all.
GARDA PRESS RELEASE
An Garda Síochána is in the process of hiring additional vehicles to provide additional mobility to our members nationwide to provide increased community support and community engagement across the country.
Speaking today Deputy Commissioner Twomey stated that “As a community at this time we need more than ever to support the most vulnerable in our society, particularly our elderly and isolated. An Garda Síochána has always worked closely with our communities and we continue to do so in these extraordinary times”.
An Garda Síochána continue to urge families, neighbours and community groups to engage with people in line with ‘social distancing’ guidelines.
As an organisation, Gardaí across the country are being asked to actively identify those persons most at need, particularly those with limited local family or social support. In these cases An Garda Síochána will assist.
These ‘contingency’ vehicles will be used to maintain personal interactions and where needed to assist and support people, which may include collecting medical prescriptions, attending hospital appointments and other supports they may need. They are not ‘primary response vehicles’.
An Garda Síochána will also use these opportunities to link identified people into local, national and state services where appropriate.
Any person with these concerns for themselves or for a neighbour should contact their local Garda station, Contact details, including email contact, for all Garda stations can be found on the Garda website or in any phonebook.
An Garda Síochána has established a COVID-19 National Co-Ordination Unit operating from Garda Headquarters under Deputy Commissioner Twomey, Policing and security to co-ordinate and manage a strategic Garda response to this dynamic situation. Deputy Commissioner, Policing and Security currently chairs daily meetings with Regional Commanders and Heads of Section monitoring the evolving position”.
Kevin Daly, Superintendent, Community Engagement & Public Safety
Best regards to all,
Jennifer and your Committee.