The UK Active Ageing Events Programme
The overriding aim of Active Ageing events is to reach out to new participants and give as many older people as possible the opportunity to experience enjoyable, appropriate and sustainable physical activities in a safe, friendly, supportive and fun atmosphere.Â To assist professionals in the promotion of Active Ageing the BHF National Centre for Physical Activity and Health has produced a series of resources including:
- Active Ageing Coordinators’ Planning Guide - includes a six step approach to planning local events and activities.Â It is designed for those who are planning and coordinating Active Ageing events.
- Active Ageing Ideas for Action - a resource to help generate different physical activity promotional ideas for your local Active Ageing events.
- Guide to Active Ageing Promotion - includes helpful hints on physical activity promotion, promotional materials and guidance on how to work with the media to secure coverage of your activities and spread the Active Ageing message.
- Active Ageing Community Organisations Guide - a resource for use with local community organisations and groups so that they can organise their own Active Ageing event.
For more details of Active Ageing resources, Active Ageing events and examples of practice visit www.active-ageing-events.org.uk.
West Virginia Geri Olympics visiting WCAA 2012
The original Geri Olympics programme started 24 years ago. It has evolved into four different programs all of which are modelled after the original program but are now self-sustaining and unique. It has changed over the years and the programme involves . Basketball shooting, bowling, golf, horse Shoe Pitching, Marksmanship, obstacle courses, Spirit Award, Triathalon, wheelchair races and relay A few years ago candle blowing and clothes pin stacking events were added at the suggestion of our Czech partners. The events are designed to improve pulmonary function and manual dexterity. In 2011 experimental events with X Box 360 and Kinect competition games were added.
The West Virginia Geri Olympics team will be led by Dr. Ted Muilenburg, Director, WV Geri Olympics.