“I’m going to continue, I know that," she says.
"I don’t think I need knee surgery. The pain is much less and it doesn’t bother me. I know how to cope now.”
Investing in the future
We’re also investing £500,000 of National Lottery money into the English Football League Trust’s ‘Extra Time’ project.
investment to reduce inactivity in older people
The project – which will be rolled out in 12 locations across the England – will use the power of football clubs in local communities to create a national movement of active older people.
‘Extra Time’ will bring together regular gatherings of older people to socialise and prove that you’re never too old learn to do the things you’ve always wanted to do.
We're also investing £250,000 in Motiview, which is already proving a hit in Germany, Canada and more than 200 locations in the Nordic countries.
The project uses videos, music, sound and virtual reality technology to help older people and people with dementia get active.
Tackling inactivity is at the heart of our strategy. Being active is one of the most important things people can do to maintain health and wellbeing as they age.
Physically active older people have higher levels of mobility and a lower of risk of disease than those who are inactive. Ill health often means the loss of independence and is linked to social isolation and depression.
“People are living longer but not necessarily in the best of health," says Mike Diaper, our executive director.
"We’re excited to be supporting these 20 partners with National Lottery funding to help get older adults get active.
“We’ll be sharing learnings so successful approaches can be scaled-up or replicated across the country so we can help more adults lead happier and healthier lives.”
Our next round of investment to tackle inactivity will focus on people in lower socio-economic groups.
Further funding opportunities will be announced on our website as and when information is available.