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Older adults practice briefing
Physical activity in later life can help maintain mobility, prevent falls and enhance mental wellbeing and cognitive functioning. This BHFNC practice briefing uses research evidence to provide practical strategies to effectively promote physical activity with older adults.
The briefing particularly concentrates on people aged 65 and over who are already active or in transition towards becoming frailer. It focuses on enabling them to continue living independently.

The briefing includes recommendations covering:
  • planning and developing physical activity initiatives
  • working with the individual
  • working in partnership with others.
It also includes a practical example of how the strategies recommended in this document have been used in one exercise referral scheme.
The briefing concludes with a summary of the NICE (National Institute for Health and Care Excellence) public health guidance on behaviour change to consider alongside the population specific information when planning physical activity initiatives.