Physical activity guidelines for older adults were introduced in July 2011 by the UK Chief Medical Officers. For the first time these guidelines provided recommendations for the amount of physical activity older people over 65 should be doing to benefit their health. The guidelines were designed for use by practitioners, the BHFNC have produced three booklets to interpret the guidelines into messages appropriate for older people.
There are three booklets designed to reflect the differences among the older population:
Active older adults
Those who are already active either through daily walking, an active job and/or who are engaging in regular recreational or sporting activity
Older adults in transition
Older people whose function is declining due to low levels of activity and too much sedentary time, who may have lost muscle strength and/or are overweight but otherwise remain reasonably healthy
Frailer, older adults
Those who are identified as being frail or have very low physical or cognitive function, perhaps as a result of chronic disease such as arthritis, dementia or advanced old age itself.
The factsheet detailing the physical activity guidelines by the Chef Medical Officers can also be downloaded below.
Source: British Heart Foundation Centre for Physical Activity and Health.
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