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Massive change in confidence

When I met Anne she was a very, very scared lady, not great at making friends. So when we introduced Anne to the bikes it was like seeing a different lady, such a massive change in her confidence. She just can’t wait to get down here and then mix with the other residents as well which, three months ago, I would never have believed. (illustration photo)

Zoe Prince, Activities Assistant at Sunrise of Winchester

Physical benefits

There are obvious physical health benefits, including increased appetite, better sleep quality, improved mobility, fewer falls, reduction in overweight, reduction in physical pain, and in some cases less need for medications. 

Appetite
Sleep
Mobility
Falls
Overweight
Pains
Medication

Mental and cognitive benefits

There are significant mental and cognitive benefits, including more reminiscence, better self-efficacy, increased general contentment and wellbeing, reduction in anxiety and distress, and a reduction in aggressive behaviour.

Reminiscence
Self-Efficacy
Contentment
Mental wellbeing
Anxiety/Distress
Aggressive behaviour

Social benefits

A third set of benefits evolves around social aspects, like increased social connectedness, inspiration for residents, staff and relatives. 

Social connectedness
Inspiring (residents, staff, relatives)

Staff work environment

In addition to the above mentioned benefits for the cyclists and their immediate context, data from the Road Worlds for Seniors 2019 suggests a general increase in job satisfaction, confidence and motivation for staff working at facilities participating in the Road Worlds for Seniors. There are also positive ripple effects that benefit the community; Some places older people cycling has helped to do fundraising for a charitable cause, like children’s cancer research. Only imagination limits the possibilities.

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