A 75-year-old man who took up ballet classes following the death of his wife has passed his grade one exam.
Bernard Bibby was married to Celia for 55 years after dancing brought them together because he was “the only boy at the youth club who could jive”.
He took the exam in November after starting ballet lessons four years ago.
Mr Bibby, from Sittingbourne in Kent, said: “I got a bronze. I’m still a bit speechless. Three more points and I could have got a silver.”
After losing his wife in January 2015, Mr Bibby said the first thing he did was to sell his television so he would go out.
“I did ballroom and Latin dancing,” he said.
“I tried tap dancing but the teacher said I was a typical Englishman – stiff and starchy and wouldn’t stick my bum out and wiggle it around.”
Mr Bibby said the teacher told him he should “limber up” and suggested ballet.
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A report highlights the likely effect of the government’s salary cap post Brexit on the social care workforce. It paints a bleak picture suggesting than no workers would qualify for entry to the Uk under the new rules.
With an estimated 122,000 vacancies in the sector and the government currently reviewing how social care is funded this will likely add to the problems facing the sector.
Social care leaders say Britain will miss out on ‘desperately needed’ care workers after Brexit, because the Migration Advisory Committee’s (MAC) recommendation to government to lower the salary threshold for non-British workers fails to go far enough.
In a report, the committee has recommended the government reduce by £4,400 the salary threshold for skilled workers taking a job in Britain, after the UK leaves the European Union.
After Brexit, the right under freedom of movement rules for EU nationals to live and work in Britain goes. For people arriving in Britain with a job offer, MAC recommends cutting the general minimum salary requirement from £30,000 to £25,600.
While MAC argues the threshold will stop the undercutting of the labour market, care leaders have voiced their concerns that the workforce shortages in social care will only get worse.
Simon Bottery, senior fellow at The King’s Fund, said: “One in six staff working in adult social care in England have a non-British nationality. These workers are crucial for the viability of social care services which are struggling to cope with approximately 122,000 vacancies at any one time.
“By prioritising higher-paid workers, the Migration Advisory Committee recommendations for a points-based visa system would effectively shut the door to thousands of people who are desperately needed to shore up the social care workforce.
“In doing so, the Committee has batted the social care staffing problem back to government, challenging the government to improve care worker pay and conditions so more home-grown staff are attracted to the roles. However, the immediate reality is that the average hourly pay for care workers is below the rate paid in most supermarkets.”
Cold weather may encourage some people to stay indoors more but just two weeks of reduced physical activity causes older people to lose significant amounts of muscle, prompting academics to urge them to keep up their step count throughout the winter.
As the temperature drops during winter months, new research by the University of Liverpool has revealed that two weeks of reduced physical activity causes people to gain fat within the muscle tissue which results in a major loss in muscle strength.
The study, presented at The Physiological Society’s Future Physiology 2019 conference, also revealed a decline in bone mineral density. These changes can result in a reduced ability to perform daily activities and can lead to chronic health conditions.
Juliette Norman, one of the authors of the research said:”If the gym is hard to get to, people should be encouraged to just meet 10,000 steps as even this can guard against reductions in muscle and bone health, as well as maintaining healthy levels of body fat.”
The study, funded by the Centre of Integrated Research into Musculoskeletal Ageing (CIMA), involved (26 young adults and 21 older people). They were asked to do the same amount of physical activity over a four-day period with each participant doing over 10,000 steps per day. This was then followed by a two-week period of inactivity involving all participants completing only 1,500 steps per day.
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