"I’m happy to get behind a great campaign like this. It’s impossible to overstate the benefits of keeping active in later life. It not only keeps body and mind healthy, but it’s an important way of getting out and about, meeting new people and socialising with friends."
The Ping Pong Care Campaign is a national health & wellbeing campaign that encourages and promotes active ageing.
Born on the back of Ping Pong, the funny and emotional documentary that follows eight octogenarians, who may be old but still want gold, as they prepare for and compete in the Over 80s World Table Tennis Championships. Watch the trailer here.
Challenging what it means to grow old, the Ping Pong Care Campaign engages the issues of ageing and benefits of active ageing by bringing the film, as motivational starter, and game to older person settings across the country.
Backed by BIG Lottery Reaching Communities programme, the campaign has taken it's active ageing message and resources to older person settings most in need for FREE!
The goal is to give as many older people the chance to see the film, get motivated and make positive changes in their wellbeing. At it's heart it's a simple idea...
Do you work with older people? Would you consider them too frail for physical activity? How do they view themselves? Meet Ping Pong's Terry…he's suffered several bouts of cancer and a collapsed lung but loves to prove his doctors wrong. He's one thing on paper, and quite another in real life.
Find out how the Ping Pong Care Campaign is smashing through stereotypes and re-addressing perceptions around just what older people can do!
Are you concerned for the mental health of your older residents? Or after activities perfect for people living with dementia? Say hi to Ping Pong's Inge…she felt the onset of dementia following the death of her husband. After discovering table tennis at her nursing home, you should look at her go. And dementia? A thing of the past she says.
See how this low-impact activity can have positive benefits for motor skills and cognitive awareness.
Hanging out with friends, keeping active, having fun; we do it all the time as teenagers, so why change as we get older? This is Ping Pong's Sun…he's retired, full of energy and doesn't want to sit at home all day. He's encouraged others his age to do the same.
The Ping Pong Care Campaign brings the fun to your local ageing community, helping to combate social isolation and loneliness with ping pong power! So Get Involved.
With increasingly limited time and stretched resources, there may be the desire but not always the capacity to deliver something fun and fresh in your community. Don't worry...we've got you covered with FREE resources and special Ping Pong Care Pack!
The Ping Pong Care Pack has everything you'll need. It's perfect for warm-up exercises and gentle activity, through to game play and has something for everyone, regardless of age, ability, or mobility. The pack includes:
Due to the storming success of the campaign to date, we currently have no more free Ping Pong Care Packs available. However we hope to be back real soon with more packs to give away, so keep watching this space!
In the meantime, you can still get involved with the Ping Pong Care Campaign and benefit from our other free resources:
Do you have a great example on how you've used the campaign that's really benefited older people in your area, or created new community ties? We'd love to hear from you and share your story. Get in touch by e-mailing Andrew: firstname.lastname@example.org