4 April 2009

Physical activity recommendations for older australians

First physical activity recommendations for older Australians
Minister for Ageing: 23 March 2009
For the first time, the Australian Government has developed physical activity recommendations specifically for older Australians.

Under the new recommendations, older Australians are urged to accumulate at least 30 minutes of moderate physical activity a day, as a slight increase in activity can make a difference to a person’s overall health and wellbeing. The recommendations are part of the Australian Government’s plan to promote healthy and positive ageing.

The Minister for Ageing, Mrs Justine Elliot, today officially announced the Physical Activity Recommendations for Older Australians at the 11th Annual Health Congress in Sydney.Australians now have one of the world’s longest life expectancies.

The current life expectancy is 81.4 years and, by 2060, an Australian woman can expect – on average – to reach the age of 90.Currently, there are some 2.8 million Australians – about 13 per cent of the population – aged 65 and over. This number is expected to triple in 40 years. The new recommendations apply to older people across all levels of health and ability, be they living at home or in an aged care home. … > full media release

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