What is the Active Wellbeing Service?
The Active Wellbeing Service is designed to support older adults (50+) who are currently inactive to find physical activity that suits their needs.
With the support of one of our Physical Activity Advisors, clients will be able to discuss their motivations to get active, different options that are available locally to them and overcome any barriers, issues or concerns they might have. The service is focused on the individual, and the Advisor will support clients through consultations, phone calls and on-going reviews to provide support, motivation and advice.
Clients will be signposted to local physical activity opportunities in the Ipswich and surrounding areas which have been checked by our team to ensure they are safe and appropriate. These range from health walks to gentle exercise classes, falls prevention, Fit Villages projects and even adapted sports. Our Advisors will help people to find the right option for them, taking into account their interests, location, transport issues, any additional needs, budget and other concerns.
We will be working closely with the surgery medical, admin and management staff to help identify any patients that need our support as well as training the staff to have a better understanding about physical activity and feel more confident to talk about it and prescribe it.
Why is Active Wellbeing important?
General levels of physical activity amongst adults are low, leaving a high proportion insufficiently active to benefit their health. Typically, activity levels decline to even lower levels as we progress through old age and are often lower in those living alone and in poorer areas. This can have a significant impact on our health physically, mentally and socially. Through our Active Wellbeing service, we hope to improve physical activity levels, help improve quality of life, help with individuals' physical and mental wellbeing as well as tackle loneliness and social isolation.