Alf’s Story

Posted on 12th January 2017

Here at Elderfit, we love hearing how our sessions have helped transform people’s lives. One of the most heart-warming stories we’ve heard so far is from Alf Heffell, aged 67. Diagnosed with Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA), Alf’s doctor referred him to an exercise programme after surgery and Alf began Elderfit sessions three times a week with Gareth. He’s since noticed a drastic change in his health and no longer needs machinery to sleep, which he credits to regular Elderfit sessions.

‘I was diagnosed with Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA) in 2000. It occurs when a person stops breathing during sleep the airways collapse and adequate airflow cannot reach the lungs.

The most common treatment is CPAP therapy (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure). This is provided by a machine which delivers a flow of air at a set pressure to overcome the obstruction during sleep.

Following a neck operation I was given a doctors referral to exercise classes over a 16 week period. These started in January 2015, and when they ended I joined the Active scheme and continue the classes 3 times a week with Gareth.

In January 2016 I went for my annual OSA review and following information downloaded from my CPAP, I was told that my OSA may have cleared. Following further tests in Feb/ March 2016 I received a phone call from Llandough Hospital that I was clear after 15 years.

This is down to the exercise classes I attended with Gareth, and under his guidance, my lung capacity has increased and no more OSA.

Thank you Gareth.’

– Alf Heffell (aged 67).

To find your nearest Elderfit session, visit our calendar or call Gareth on 07515 462 191 to find out how Elderfit could potentially change your life, as it has done to Alf’s.