Our Active Older People (APPHLE) HIT and Active Ageing Bristol (AAB) are delivering the basis for a ‘prevention at scale’ programme through initiatives that help older people to be less isolated and to increase physical strength and mobility through combined fitness and social activities.
For the HIT-led REACT study, 193 retired Bristolians completed a yearlong activity programme with a strong social element.
The study inspired Public Health Bristol’s ‘Staying Steady’ initiative, which to date has helped a further 221 older people improve their strength and balance.
The Clinical Commissioning Group is writing a business case to build REACT into its frailty care pathway.
Together with the HIT, AAB now co-ordinates 19 ‘Age Friendly Activity Hubs’ across Bristol, making physical activity more accessible and attractive to people aged 55+.
Two years ago, AAB also began managing Walk Fest, one of the UK’s largest urban walking festivals. Participation has increased five-fold, with over 7,800 people taking part in 2019 – two-thirds of whom said that they intend to increase their levels of walking as a result.