KEEPING ACTIVE IN OLDER AGE
Keeping active physically is very important for health and well-being in older people. It has been seen as an important factor in keeping mentally fit as well. Listed below are some very useful resources which are both informative and practical:
ACTIVE RETIREMENT IRELAND
“Active Retirement Ireland will reach out to all older people to stop loneliness through friendship and support”
– Mission Statement, Active Retirement Ireland Strategic Plan.
Active Retirement Ireland (ARI) is a voluntary organisation for older people with a national membership of over 24,500 people and over 550 local associations. Members range in age from 50 -100+ years and cover a range of socio-economic backgrounds. As an organisation, ARI believes that all older people are equal and are entitled to be treated with respect. Older people all have different interests and needs, which ARI aims to identify and fulfil.
The organisation is run by voluntary committees at local, regional and national level giving approximately 4200 volunteers. Their website may be accessed by clicking HERE
AGE & OPPORTUNITY IRELAND
Champions the creativity & value of older people. They provide resources in the area of physical activity, the arts and were founded by the HSE, the Arts Council of Ireland and Sport Ireland. Further information is available on their WEBSITE
NATIONAL HEALTH SERVICE (UK)
The UK’s NHS is an excellent source of information on health and well-being for older people. Their Physical Activity Guidelines for Older Adults section is an excellent resource. To see the website, click HERE.