Prior to the Covid-19 pandemic most adults 65+ were physically inactive, experienced numerous health problems, which could be prevented/ reduced with increased physical activity. Wessex approaches to getting older people active only reached 1% of the Wessex population over 65, 592 781 people (Office of National Statistic’s 2018) which will increase to 21% by 2030 (approx. 717, 0000).
During the pandemic, the advice for many has been to stay home and shield. There is concern that this more sedentary, socially isolated way of living, has caused loss of strength and balance to individuals in higher risk groups who may have already been at risk of, or already living with some degree of frailty.
What is Active Lives?
Active Lives, is a theory and evidence-based, physical activity digital tool, designed for those 65+. The tailored programme helps improve physical activity levels easily and safely, helping individuals stay mentally sharp, active, fit and healthy. Developed by researchers at Southampton University together with a group of adults 65+ (60 user involvement interviews, tested on 400 people who used the website for 1 year), initial study showed Active Lives is likely to increase physical activity levels safely.
Are online activities effective in reaching those 65+?
The Covid-19 pandemic has demanded increased dependence on virtual ways in assessing and delivering healthcare solutions. Wessex AHSN is working collaboratively with Southampton University Research team on an implementation study to evaluate the reach and usage of Active Lives within Wessex. Working in collaboration with key stakeholders from services supporting older adults in Wessex, the initial implementation study will run for 6 months till January 2020. Learning from this study will help inform wider spread of evidence based digital interventions designed specifically for older adults.
Who is involved in working with us on this study?
We are working with a variety of key stakeholders including charitable/ voluntary services, social prescribers, and physiotherapy staff to learn which pathways have the biggest impact when offering digital interventions to those 65+, and how many people then use the intervention.
Need more Help and resources?
YES. Preview Link: https://activelivespreview.lifeguidehealth.org/ (We suggest when asked for your email address you enter your own first name@ last name, rather than your full email address, this helps us to keep track of which of our partners have looked at the website)
Linda du Preez, Healthy Ageing Programme Co-ordinator Wessex AHSN email@example.com or
Dr Katherine Bradbury, Senior Research Fellow Southampton University firstname.lastname@example.org