State Trustees ENJOY supporting exercise trial
State Trustees Australia Foundation is getting behind a major research program aimed at encouraging older people to become physically active.
Through its Grassroots Grants program, the Foundation is supporting ENJOY, a community exercise park program initiated by NARI which hopes to raise a sweat among older people. Two parks are now installed in Wyndham and Whittlesea in Victoria, and a third will be opened this year at the Old Colonists’ Association of Victoria’s village in St Helena.
Associate Professor Pazit Levinger, the project leader, said that less than 25% of older Australians do enough physical activity to achieve health benefit.
Too much sitting taking place in aged care
There is far too much sitting going on among mobile adults living in residential aged care, according to the findings of joint NARI and Curtin University research.
Researchers, including NARI’s Clinical Director Dr Frances Batchelor, found that aged care residents sit for prolonged periods of time and only take part in exercise for bouts of less than ten minutes.
The study published in the Australasian Journal on Ageing involved 28 residents from three care units at one facility in Western Australia, who wore an accelerometer to track their activity during waking hours over five days.
Be a friend, befriend an older person
Be a friend, befriend an older person and be part of a major project aimed at helping to reduce depression and anxiety in people living in aged care homes.
NARI is recruiting volunteers to take part in a befriending program, one of the first to be run in Australia. Befriending is a new approach to link older people with a ‘friend’ to talk about everyday topics and events without discussing health problems or emotions.
Professor Colleen Doyle, lead researcher, said NARI was currently recruiting volunteers who could ‘befriend’ older people living in aged care homes in the Melbourne suburbs of Glenroy and Ivanhoe.