Welcome to our Active Ageing mini-site. By exploring the menu below you can find out about the benefits of staying active and how to be active as you age, even if you have health conditions or disabilities. These pages also provide support for professionals working with older people, including guidance, resources and links to training.
The benefits of staying active and mobile on physical and mental wellbeing as you get older are multi-fold. For example, it helps your memory; makes you feel happier, and keeps your muscles and bones strong. Not only that, it is social and enjoyable; can help to reduce the pain caused by arthritis; and can help control blood pressure.
Activity is essentially anything that gets your body moving, and it can be anything from walking and housework to recreational sport. It's important to realise that if you haven't been active before, it's never too late to start, and that every 10 minutes of activity will have a positive effect upon attributes such as stamina, strength, flexibility and balance, which in turn can help with daily activities such as standing up from a chair and reduce the risk of falling as a result of this activity, for example. As long as people build up gradually from their starting point, and consult with their GP before increasing activity levels significantly, then the health benefits are very positive, whether this be someone starting from scratch and doing very light activity to someone who is already generally active and has no health conditions increasing the level of moderate activity they do, which will leave them a little warm and breathless.
Of course as people get older, it can become increasingly challenging to participate in physical activity and people may believe that certain health conditions mean they are no longer able to participate in activity. Fortunately the opposite is often true, and there is now increased awareness in how physical activity can improve symptoms associated with some age associated condition, such as Arthritis, and how increased strength in the muscles can help to support bones and joints. There are also multiple sports and exercises that can be adapted to address some barriers to participation, for example if people are wheelchair bound or if there are issues with balance/standing then there are a number of activities and exercises that can be performed whilst seated.
If you are involved in the provision of care or work with older people on a regular basis, click through the pages below to have a look at ways in which you can help older people maintain their independence through physical activity. Please get in touch with Ryan Hughes at Active Norfolk to find out more about ways we can work together to improve the health of people you work with.
Active Ageing Officer
I have a background of working on various community based programmes across Norfolk, as well as studying Sport and Education Studies at the University of Northampton. The experience I gained lead me to my current post with Active Norfolk overseeing our older people work, which focuses on the over 65s and is designed to address barriers to participation within this age group, and increase opportunities for Norfolk's older population to have access to physical activity.
In my spare time I enjoy playing/watching multiple sports including squash, badminton and football, in particular following the hugely successful Chelsea FC. I also like to travel, when time and money allows.
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