Make active ageing a central pillar within the Greater Manchester Ageing Hub supporting the Greater Manchester status of an age-friendly city-region, which enables people to have better health, wellbeing and independence. Physical activity needs to play an integral part within the lives of older people, to support a happy later life, with increased social connections to combat social isolation and loneliness.
Greater Manchester’s vision is for older residents to be able to contribute to and benefit from sustained prosperity and enjoy a good quality of life. Greater Manchester’s population is ageing rapidly. By 2036, 14% of the total population will be 75 and over - an increase of 75% from 2011. If we don’t do things differently those at risk of social isolation and loneliness is forecast to increase, with related impacts on physical and mental health and wellbeing.
We provide knowledge, insight and connections to support ‘age friendly’ community approaches across the whole system. This includes work around the primary prevention of falls through strength and balance. This work will help to reduce social isolation, the risk and effects of long-term conditions through ageing.
The Greater Manchester Active Ageing programme explored new ways to encourage physical activity amongst older adults (over-55s). It needed to explore healthy ageing to tackle inequalities and the psychosocial barriers to physical activity amongst older adults. For more information regarding the programme and the evaluation findings, please click here.
Here are some of the areas we will be working on during 2021. Just to note this will adapt in line with the current landscape of COVID-19 and the impact of this. Some examples are:
The negative affect of the COVID-19 pandemic on physical activity levels is widespread. Yet there are many who have gone against the trend and found ways to increase their activities.
Two new videos created to showcase the work that's been happening across Greater Manchester over the last 12 months to support older adults to stay well
Starting today, there will be hundreds of free activities on offer to help older Greater Manchester residents through the winter, especially those living with dementia.