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TRFC raising awareness for Parkinson's disease during Men's Health Week 2019

14 June 2019

“How many goals has Connor Jennings scored this season? Who has made the most appearances for Tranmere Rovers? How many trophies have we won?”

Men are supposedly obsessed with numbers but when it comes to our own health, there are quite a few we don’t know. Men’s Health Week 2019 takes up that challenge.

So the first number we need to know is 10: Men’s Health Week begins on 10th June and ends the 16th.

This week marks Men’s Health Week throughout the UK and the Men’s Health Forum are raising awareness of the vital health numbers all men need to know to keep themselves healthy.

At Tranmere Rovers in the Community, there are a number of sessions which provide exercise and wellbeing for men who have retired from work and want to remain a part of a friendship group and keep active.

Steve Burke is a regular attendee of the Over 65’s Walking Football session each Friday and says the activity has helped keep his mind as well as his body active, especially after a diagnosis of Parkinsons.

He said: “I started coming to the Walking Football group as a way to get a bit of exercise as well as talking to people rather than just walking to the shops or something on my own. It doesn’t matter how good at football you are or even how fit you are, it’s just a great way to stay involved with what’s around you and not get isolated.”

Steve was diagnosed with a mild form of Parkinsons after retirement and noticed how hard it can be for men to be open with their health and comfortable enough to talk to friends about it.

He has now put his spare time into helping others with their diagnosis, as well as supporting Parkinsons UK, by creating a special book of Brainteasers.

He said: “I have put my spare time into composing and compiling what I call ‘Burke’s Brainbats’. These are puzzles with a difference, some easy and some difficult, with the advantage that the answers cannot be found on the web and have to be worked out.

They’re a great way to help train your mind and keep everything running properly.

Fifty percent of the cost from every book purchased goes straight to the Wirral branch of Parkinsons UK so that they can keep providing support for people like me.”

Throughout Men’s Health Week - Burke’s Brain Bats will be on sale in the Prenton Park Recreation Centre and Club Shop for £2 each.

For more information on the sessions TRIC provides for those in the Community, please follow our social media channels @TRFCCommunity or email communitytrfc@hotmail.co.uk.

 

 


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