The Active Technology project is a technology-based initiative being piloted to help older adults to be more active through using activity tracking devices.
The Active Technology project gives over 50-year-olds the chance to increase their physical activity levels and to monitor their progress with a wristband fitness tracker; the aim is to encourage those to make positive lifestyle choices to improve their physical, social and mental wellbeing.
Active Suffolk is rolling out the 12-month self-care project with the support of the Eastern Academic Health Science Network (EAHSN), which is funding the fitness trackers.
After a GP or self-referral, participants meet with an Active Wellbeing adviser who can introduce them to physical activities in their area, ideas and advice on how to move more, including signposting to local and appropriate activity classes as well as support towards overcoming any barriers that they may be facing towards becoming more physically active.
At six and 12-week intervals, participants are invited to join group activity sessions at various community locations, after which they can buy the fitness tracker at a reduced price.
According to Public Health England regular physical activity can help to reduce the risk of dementia by up to 30, hip fractures by up to 68%, and depression by up to 30% and prevent and manage over 20 other chronic conditions. General levels of physical activity among older adults are low, but these levels drop further as people progress through old age and are often even lower amongst those living alone. We want to empower older adults to become more active through self-monitoring their own activity levels and to use these objective markers as a way of improving and effecting a behaviour change approach to improving their health and wellbeing.
For more information please contact Nick Pringle below.