Locals aged 65 and over are encouraged to visit recreation centres and facilities as part of a new program that aims to inspire our older residents to get fit and active.
The Active Ageing program will be launching in Wyndham as part of Seniors Week 2019, with a goal of getting 1,000 local residents aged over 65 engaged in physical activity.
Wyndham City Sports Development Portfolio Holder Cr Peter Maynard said Wyndham was one of six Councils in Australia to receive Federal Government funding for the program.
“Wyndham is home to around 20,000 residents aged over 65, and this figure is expected to double by 2040,” Cr Maynard said. “Getting older shouldn’t mean you stop exercising. It should instead be the reason you make it a part of your lifestyle. Whether it’s a walking group, fitness class, or any other form of organised exercise—it’s a great way to make new friends and just connect with others.”
Cr Peter Maynard said there were also physical benefits to regular exercise.
“Studies show that regular exercise improves cognitive function, lowering the risk of dementia,” Cr Maynard said. “Over 65s who do at least 30 minutes of exercise a day also see improvements in their strength, mental health, increases in energy levels, and a lowered risk of cardiovascular disease.”
Active Ageing in Wyndham will be launched as part of Seniors Week 2019, with three open days for over 65s to try out recreation venues, hear about the Active Ageing in Wyndham program, and share their thoughts on the kinds of activities they would like to try.
The open days will be held at:
- Aqua Pulse on 7 October from 10am to noon
- Eagle Stadium on 8 October from 10am to noon
- Seniors Exercise Park on 9 October from 10.30am to 12.30pm
More information go to www.wyndham.vic.gov.au