Regular exercise, along with a balanced diet, improves health and wellbeing for people of all ages. Being active is one of the best ways for older people to enjoy the best possible quality of life, especially with frailty and/or dementia.
Some people may find it easier than others to keep active. Fortunately the key message is that any exercise is good. Older people can start by building exercise into their daily routines, such as chair-based exercises, walking to the shops, or social activities like dancing or bowls. The next step could be to increase the activity up to 30 minutes, 3-5 times a week.
The Moving Medicine initiative has lots of advice for staff and volunteers. Other useful resources include NHS guidelines, Age UK factsheets and resources through the Norfolk Health Information Leaflet Service (HILS).
We have many local services that can enable older people to be more active. Further details can be found through the Norfolk Community Directory.
Active Norfolk provides information and resources to support older people to be more active including information on health walks and guidance on suitable activities. Active Norfolk also provide training and support to other professionals.
District Councils provide information about health and leisure facilities in their area. These facilities often provide fun activities for older people.
Age UK Norwich, Age UK Norfolk, and Age UK Suffolk provide information about specific activities for older people, including exercise and keep fit classes and classes on how to cook.