“Prevention is about helping people stay healthy, happy and independent for as long as possible. This means reducing the chances of problems from arising in the first place and, when they do, supporting people to manage them as effectively as possible. Prevention is as important at seventy years old as it is at age seven.”1
As people age, some conditions they most fear are dementia, falls and frailty. Being active can significantly reduce the chances of developing these (and other) long term health conditions so it is really important to encourage the older adults you support to move more.
As well as physical activity, mental and social activity is also key to ageing well. There is now emerging evidence that increasing physical activity can help reduce loneliness and social isolation.
Being active to the level of the UK Chief Medical Officers' guidelines can increase the amount of time that people can stay independent and healthy. 20 - 30 minutes of activity a day is recommended but any physical activity is better than none and even light activities bring some health benefits compared to being sedentary.
On this page you’ll find training, resources and signposting to help you encourage the older people you support to get active both at home and out and about.
27 September 10am – 11am
Moving more and sitting less can have considerable health benefits for older people. This training will cover the importance and benefits of remaining active as people age, share tips on how to encourage people to be more active and suggest different ways that movement can be incorporated into people's daily routines.
All healthcare professionals.
1 e-learning module (around 1 hour).
This session discusses the positive impact of physical activity on older people.
All healthcare professionals.
3 online e-learning sessions plus an optional session and toolkit.
MECC means having the competence and confidence to deliver health and wellbeing messages, to help encourage people to change their behaviour and to direct them to local services that can support them.
All Professionals & Volunteers.
12 x 6 minute e-learning modules
The mission is to change the culture surrounding ageing, replacing the concept of care with the concept of enablement. Find out more here.
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Please contact Ruth Hards for hard copies of the resources below.
Types of activities that can help maintain or improve aerobic capacity, strength, balance and bone health and contribute to meeting the physical activity guidelines2. A guide from the Centre for Ageing Better.
Source: Public Health England. Muscle and bone strengthening and balance activities for general health benefits in adults and older adults2.
Visit our Long term health conditions page for resources and activity ideas for older people living with a long-term condition or who are frail and at risk of falling.
The go-to source for trusted information about being physically active. Find video workouts including adapted exercises, cardio, strength & balance, and yoga. Plus advice, fitness plans, and printable pages.
Age UK offer lots of excellent exercise advice for Over 60’s of all abilities and activity levels. There are also resources and suggestions as to how to help others get active.
Free, easy to use app for absolute beginners. Use Active 10 to track and increase brisk walking. Designed to support and motivate every step of the way.
These great resources are to support people with long-term health conditions become more active. Find inspiring stories, practical advice, a video playlist, planner, and online chatbot.
Tips, advice and guidance from Sport England on how people can keep active or get active, both at home and out and about. Online activities at home include links to fun activities designed by older people, for older people, including 10 Today.
Take a look at Moving Medicine’s handy printable patient info leaflets for condition specific physical activity advice, including brand new resources on Anxiety, Type 1 Diabetes, Obesity, and Menopause. You’ll find patient information leaflets, workbooks and diary planners.
A set of fun, 10-minute audio and video workouts, intended to easily fit into your day, that help get you stretching and moving at home (already on the current website).
A series of 10-15 minute low impact home workouts
The Virtual Village Hall is an online activity hub and community, designed to help people stay physically and mentally active, connected and having fun. Sessions are led by expert tutors and some well-known faces and require very little space or equipment.
A series of fitness videos for older people by exercise instructor Julie Robinson.
Surrey residents can access free lifestyle support from One You Surrey service. That includes weight loss, stopping smoking, and more. Access via phone or online.
Find local activities and organisations through Surrey's easy to use online directory. Filter by category and postcode for more information.
Join Surrey's Walking for Health groups for free volunteer led walks near you. Walks vary in distance and length, from 30 minutes to longer walks. Everyone is welcome on these friendly and sociable walks.
Age UK Surrey provide a wide range of services and activities to help older people within many parts of Surrey remain independent, connected with the community, healthy and active.
Visiting a local park, nature reserve or woodland is a great way to get outdoors and active. Enjoy the sights and surroundings of Surrey. Find out what is available through each Borough and District Leisure pages.
u3a is a UK-wide movement of locally-run interest groups that provide a wide range of opportunities to come together to learn for fun. Members explore new ideas, skills and activities together. Membership costs less than £20 on average per year and is open to everyone who’s not working full-time. There are many local groups across Surrey.
A great resource and guide for anyone with concerns about, or caring for an ageing parent or relative, neighbour or friend. Age Space contains lots of information, resources and guides that can help.
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1. Healthier for longer: How healthcare professionals can support older people | British Geriatrics Society (bgs.org.uk).
2. Public Health England. Muscle and bone strengthening and balance activities for general health benefits in adults and older adults: Summary of a rapid evidence review for the UK Chief Medical Officers' update of physical activity guidelines. London; 2018.