From 29th July to 2nd August we will be celebrating Greater Manchester Active Ageing Week, where we'll be celebrating and promoting physical activity for older adults across the region.
The week aims to promote physical activity within older adults, as currently 4 in 10 older adults (55+) in Greater Manchester are inactive. As physical activity can reduce the risk of falls by up to 37% and dementia by up to 30%, encouraging active ageing is vital to help ensure Greater Manchester ages well. Throughout the week we will be showcasing stories of older adults from across Greater Manchester and how physical activity has benefited their lives.
We want to encourage you to share stories on social media of older adults in your lives who are active and help us make active ageing the norm, using the hashtag #GMActiveAgeing.
The week (1st August) also includes an Active Ageing Workshop, where the research team from the University of Manchester will be showcasing the initial preliminary findings from the Greater Manchester Active Ageing Programme. We will also be sharing details of upcoming campaigns that may be useful for you and your work with older adults. Find out more and book on to the workshop here.
The Greater Manchester Active Ageing programme forms part of the Active Ageing fund through Sport England aiming to establish innovative and experimental approaches to tackling inactivity within older adults. The Active Ageing programme is also part of the Greater Manchester Ageing Hub.
The programme has been running since April 2018 and will run until March 2020. It links a programme of co-designed interventions that support older people to become more physically active. The programme is a series of 8 pilots that are using some common principles in 8 different localities to address a local strategic need.
A major campaign is launching in Greater Manchester to get people thinking differently about getting active, supporting people to move more in a way that suits them, giving a clear daily active movement target (30 minutes) to aim for