For older adults, to reduce the chance of frailty and falls, improve balance through activities like dance, bowls or thai chi 2 days a week
The benefits of being physically active are proven, and for older adults the impact can be even more profound!
Being active can reduce your chances of suffering from the following conditions by the following astounding percentages:
- Type II diabetes -40%
- Cardiovascular disease -35%
- Falls, depression etc -30%
- Joint and back pain -25%
- Cancers (colon and breast) -20%
The World Health Organisation say:
Overall, strong evidence demonstrates that compared to less active men and women, older adults who are physically active:
- have lower rates of all-cause mortality, coronary heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, type 2 diabetes, colon cancer and breast cancer, a higher level of cardiorespiratory and muscular fitness, healthier body mass and composition;
- have a biomarker profile that is more favourable for the prevention of cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes and the enhancement of bone health; and
- exhibit higher levels of functional health, a lower risk of falling, and better cognitive function; have reduced risk of moderate and severe functional limitations and role limitations.
How do I get started?
There are a host of online resources to help you on your journey to get more physically active, so we've gathered some of the best ones below!
British Heart Foundation - Activity Tips for 65 and over
The Humber area has an ageing population with currently 22.6% (66,759) of the population between the ages of 55-74 year old and 8.4% (24,813) being over 75 years old, this is higher than the national average of 20.2% and 7.75% respectively. In addition to having particularly high numbers of over 55 year olds across the Humber, there are also a significant proportion of those who are inactive compared to national averages.
At Active Humber we are developing our 'Active Ageing' offer, and working towards a strategy for this area of our work involving working with partners in the humber, developing insight for this target group, developing campaigns and promotions for Active Ageing, and supporting the local workforce to work with 55-74 year olds.
Below is some information about projects we are involved with, most notably the Get Out Get Active funding we have secured for the next 3 years, but as we shape our strategy we will update information on this page.
GET OUT GET ACTIVE
The Get Out Get Active programme is an exciting new programme that supports disabled and non‑disabled people to take part in fun and inclusive activities together.
GOGA will enable Active Humber to support a wide range of our partners to develop inclusive ways of advocating physical activity across our least active communities in North and North East Lincolnshire. The funding will make a real difference across these communities; supporting partners to break down barriers, developing more local volunteers and supporting activity in those areas where there are currently less opportunities to be active.
April 1st 2020 was the launch for Get out Get Active . During the COVID-19 crisis the message from the Government is to "Stay in Stay Active" so we are developing a resource to keep people active during this time. The resource contains fun everyday movements to help you to work towards your 30 minutes of physical activity each day.
We'd love to hear about your keeping active at home stories so please send them in to us at firstname.lastname@example.org
For more ways to keep active during this time visit our Stay Active page
Longhurst Group Project - Grimsby
Active Humber have been working with a Longhurst Group colleagues to deliver sessions including New Age Kurling, Chair Based Exercise and Tai Chi to residents and visitors at Carrington Gardens – a luxury over 55s development.
Housing Support Officer Brian Noble said of the project;
"We have a lot of customers with long term health problems who are unable to get out and do much to get their heart rate up, so this programme will be targeting them.
We’ve been splitting the hour long sessions up into three sections, with 20 minutes for New Age Kurling, 20 minutes of Chair Based Exercise and then 20 minutes of Tai Chi. These sessions can be adapted to suit the tastes of the participants.
The vibe so far has been great and I am continuing to work with colleagues from across the Group to try and reach as many customers as we can to help improve their health and wellbeing.”