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Positive Ageing Week

1 January 2019

A little physical activity can help older people to live healthier

LIGHT physical activity, such as a walk in the park, gardening or a little housework can help older people to live healthier for longer.

That’s the message from the Institute of Public Health in Ireland as Positive Ageing Week takes place across the country. Today (October 1st) also marks UN International Day for Older Persons.

The weeklong initiative aims to highlight the positive aspects of ageing and celebrates the fact that we are living longer, and that growing older is an opportunity.

Over 530,000 people aged 65 and over currently live in the Republic of Ireland - by 2046, this will rise to 1.4 million people.

In Northern Ireland, the number of people aged 65 and over will rise from 297,000 to 491,000.

But research shows 1 in 2 people aged 65 and over in both the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland do not get enough physical activity.

The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends that people aged 65 and over should do at least 30 minutes of moderate intensity physical activity, such as a brisk walk, five times a week.

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