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Recreation for older adults

 Quick Summary

As we age, our bodies change, our joints become stiffer, we lose some muscle, injure more easily and can be very busy with other things, like caring for and supporting family members. There are great benefits for older adults in starting or keeping up physical recreation activities. Taking part in physical activity will help you - keep connected with others, live as independently as possible, maintain muscle strength and flexibility, and reduce the risk or impact of falls. Recreation includes activities that involve physical movement. It is recommended that older adults should do at least 30 minutes of physical activity a day. Physical activity done as part of a recreation club, group or organisation provides an opportunity for social connection, fun and laughter.

You can choose to:

GET STARTED

Read more about the benefits of getting active or download some great resources from the Australian Government Department of Health website on Physical Health or Choose Health: Be Active – A physical activity guide for older Australians. 

A good place to start is to think about what activities you enjoy doing and watching. Finding Your Way’s, Choose A Sport page may help with ideas.

You could choose to take up a recreational activity you used to do and know you enjoyed or try something new.

If you are going to take on a new or more physical activity, make a doctor’s appointment for a check-up before you start.

Work out how much time you want to spend doing your activity, if you want to do something with others, what time of day to do the activity and if you want to spend money.

If you’re struggling to get started with physical activity, try the Get Active Program. It’s for everyone.

The Tasmanian Government have an online booklet listing various recreation opportunities for older adults in the North and North West of Tasmania. Copies are available at libraries, councils and Service Tasmania outlets. To download one go to their website.

For information and opportunities for recreation in Tasmania, please visit the Service Provider Section on this page.

ACTION STEPS

Here you can find a simple list of the best actions to take if you are interested in this topic:

1 . Work out what recreation activity you want to do. Talk with friends, neighbours, and family to get some ideas. Your local council has a lot of information about what is on offer in your area.

2 . Make a doctor’s appointment for a check-up before you start doing any new physical activity.

3 . Work out when and where the activity is held and if there are opportunities to try the activity and see if you like it.

4 . Find out what you need to bring and how much it will cost.

5 . If you need transport to get to an activity, think about your transport options. Will you catch a bus, get a lift with friends or family, or catch a taxi?

6 . If it’s a social activity, ask a friend or family member if they would like to join you.

7 . Get started and enjoy your new recreation activity. Be aware of how you are feeling. Don’t do too much too soon.

8 . Put your new activity in your calendar, and if you really enjoy it make it a regular part of your weekly routine.