Getting older Australians more active
Twenty-seven organisations will share almost $23 million of Federal funding aimed at getting millions of older Australians moving more often.
The funding will be allocated to Move It Aus Better Ageing Grants over the next two years, with a focus on helping inactive people aged 65 and older to become more physically active and socially connected.
Minister for Sport Senator Bridget McKenzie and Minister for Senior Australians and Aged Care Ken Wyatt announced the first grant recipients at Perth’s Inglewood United Soccer Club, which will benefit from Football Federation Australia’s Better Ageing Grant to develop a social, small-sided and sustainable version of soccer specifically modified for older Australians.
“As outlined in the Government’s National Sport Plan – Sport 2030 – no matter what your age and no matter what your stage, we’re encouraging all Australians to embrace the philosophy of “Movement for Life”. This is a really important step in that process,” Minister McKenzie said.
“The strong demand for Better Ageing grants shows us that organisations are ready and willing to help older Aussies adopt a healthier lifestyle...
“Physical activity for over 65s is not a one-size-fits-all proposition. The successful organisations will provide a wide range of opportunities, from simple exercise classes in our remote communities through to modified programs in traditional sports such as golf and netball.”
“These exciting and engaging activities are about giving us more choices for a longer life, as increasing numbers of Australians live to 100 and beyond,” Minister Wyatt said.
“Getting out and about through innovative new sports will help us score healthier, happier futures.
“Studies show sport is fun with serious benefits including better heart health and weight control, while it reduces the progression of chronic diseases and the risk of falls.
“Sport’s social connections mean it strengthens not only our bodies but our minds, and helps guard against loneliness in our later years.”
Australia’s population is ageing and, on current trends, the number of Australians aged 65-plus is expected to double in the next 40 years.
“This shift presents a challenge in broader health terms but provides a chance for sport and physical activity to make a positive difference to the lives of older Australians,” Ms McKenzie said.
Currently only 25 per cent of Australians over 65 meet the Department of Health physical activity guidelines of 30 minutes activity per day.
The 27 successful Better Ageing Program grant applicants:
- Arthritis Foundation of Australia Inc.
- Australian Multicultural Community Services Inc.
- Australian Taekwondo
- Basketball Australia
- Bowls Australia Limited
- Canberra Ultimate
- City of Albany
- City of Parramatta Council
- Corporation of the City of Marion
- Corporation of The City of Unley
- COTA Australia
- Exercise & Sports Science Australia (ESSA)
- Football Federation Australia
- Golf Australia Limited
- Gymnastics Australia
- Loddon Mallee Group of Councils
- Musculoskeletal Australia
- National Heart Foundation of Australia
- Netball Queensland Limited
- Parkrun Australia
- Perth Glory Foundation
- Reclink Australia
- Royal Flying Doctor Service of Australia
- Sport Inclusion Australia
- Surf Life Saving Australia
- Water Polo Australia
- Wyndham City Council
Further Information on Move It Aus Better Ageing Grant Program: https://www.sportaus.gov.au/grants_and_funding/better_ageing
29 January 2019.