Encouraging more seniors to get active

A free workshop at Kempsey Shire Library will seek to encourage people over the age of 60 to exercise more to improve their mental and physical health.

A recent study has shown that approximately 2.5 million people over 65 aren’t meeting national physical activity standards.

Rates of activity levels in the over 65 populations have also decreased by up to 10 per cent over the past two decades.

These statistics prompted Taylor Harrison, founder of Active Seniors, to embark on a mission to inspire as many seniors as possible to get active.

Mr Harrison has partnered with NSW Seniors Card to launch an Active Seniors initiative to facilitate 60 free workshops across NSW.

“The workshops provide seniors with simple, yet effective strategies to help improve strength, balance and flexibility to help them remain active in retirement,” Mr Harrison said.

“We all know the research linking inactivity to so many chronic and debilitating diseases like heart disease, osteoporosis, osteoarthritis, diabetes and dementia.”

“What we don’t talk about as much is how important it is to quality of life.”

“People who are more active are generally happier, more engaged in the community and able to do the things they love for longer.”

Mr Harrison is also the author of a book titled Active Seniors, which contains 200 pages of positive strategies, exercises and information on how to remain active and healthy.

The book costs $20 and $15 of that goes to Alzheimer’s research. 

“We just donated $3500, which has been raised in the last three weeks and we hope to keep going with this as the tour continues,” Mr Harrison said.

The Kempsey workshop will be held at Kempsey Shire Library on Wednesday 15 November from 1:30pm to 2:30pm. 

Copies of Taylor Harrison’s book, Active Seniors, will be available to purchase on the day. 

To reserve a spot please call the library on 6566 3210.

Taylor Harrison will host an Active Seniors workshop in
Kempsey on November 15.

Taylor Harrison will host an Active Seniors workshop in Kempsey on November 15.