Active ageing

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The 2009 Scottish Health Survey illustrates that participation in sport and exercise is falling with age among both men and women.

Only 19% of those aged 65-74 are doing the recommended levels of physical activity, while a mere 8% of those 75+ are doing the recommended level of exercise, a figure that is static from the previous year.

Older people should be supported to make informed choices about maintaining and improving their health and independence. Involving third sector partners would be a welcome step – indeed many Age Scotland member groups already provide opportunities to encourage physical activity in later life. However, older people have often been neglected in these initiatives more broadly. In order to make this approach to public health work, it must address issues that matter for people in later life, such as social isolation, malnutrition and falls prevention.

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