The Greater Manchester Active Ageing Programme has been running since April 2018 and will run until March 2020. It aims to increase activity amongst older adults in Greater Manchester.
The programme is a series of eight pilots, each in a different locality, that uses common principles to address the local strategic needs. In order to achieve this, the programme has been developed in line with the transformational principles of Greater Manchester Moving and in support of the Age-Friendly community approaches. The programme’s approach involves creating small test-beds and working to scale up effective approaches.
The University of Manchester, the evaluation partner, will work with Greater Manchester partners to understand this in more detail and work up recommendations for transferability.
There are a number of different approaches being tested which will provide rich learning in terms of the process. Some of examples of these are:
Following retirement, Barbara found herself struggling physically, mentally and socially, to the extent that she was in severe pain physically and struggled to talk. After being convinced to join a walking group with Trafford's Walking for Health programme, all aspects of Barbara's life began to improve, with her family all noticing the change in her.
Gordon has been married to his wife for 55 years and after having to make the difficult decision to move her to a care home, increased his walking and completed a half marathon all at the age of 83. Through attending Link4Life's walking sessions, the social aspect has helped take his mind off the struggles of dealing with his wife’s dementia, releasing endorphins and reducing stress. Gordon has inspired many others at Vets in the Community and the Walking Group to do more exercise.