We know that there are differences in how often certain groups of people within the population participate in sport. As we get older we tend to participate less in sport than as younger adults.

Why is taking part in sport important for older people?

As an older adult taking part in sport helps keep you fit and healthy – both physically and mentally. As you get older keeping active will, amongst other health relate things, help you with your heart health and keep your blood pressure in check.

A physically active lifestyle is also good for keeping an active social life.

For more information on the health benefits of being active visit www.getalifegetactive.com

Who can help me get active?

A number of district councils run projects and activities for older adults – contact your Local Council Sports Development Officer or your Leisure Centre for more information.

Local community/voluntary and charity organisations may also provide opportunities for you to get active, e.g. Chest, Heart and Stroke and Headway Northern Ireland.

Age NI promotes getting active for older people and have a range of local groups. Visit www.ageuk.org.uk/northern-ireland for more information.

Your local health trust will also have information on activities e.g. walking groups in your area.

If you are older and have recently acquired a disability, Disability Sports NI  will be able to advise you on getting and keeping active. Visit www.dsni.co.uk for more information.