Older Australians Encouraged to Move it, not Lose it!

Older Australian’s are a vibrant part of our community. Now the Liberal and National Government is calling on sporting and community organisations to develop sporting programs targeted at the over 65s.

The Move It Aus – Better Ageing grants program has been launched today by Federal Sports Minister Bridget McKenzie, enabling national sporting organisations, along with non-government and local government organisations to apply for grants up to $2 million to deliver programs to Australians over 65.

Ross Vasta is encouraging all local organisations in Bonner to apply for funding for a national $22.9million program aimed at getting older Aussies active.

“We know Australia’s population is ageing and we know how important physical activity is to combat chronic disease and keep our seniors happier and healthier,” Ross Vasta said. “I encourage eligible organisations to build on existing programs or devise new initiatives that will improve the lives of older Australians in Bonner.

It’s so important for our older Aussies to be connected socially in our community and this is a great chance to either start some physical activity or continue to Move It.

“It might be anything from a swimming or aqua program group to organised sporting competition; the key is making sport and activity suitable to those over 65.

“Bayside United in Wynnum have lead the charge with its Walking Football competition aimed at getting older locals in the bayside active. I’m hopeful that this program will encourage more organisations to follow suit.

“The Liberal National Government wants older Australians to have the opportunities and sporting programs that young Australians have in abundance. This mean they are getting out of the house, being active and enjoying sport within their community.

“It’s not only about health and fitness, sport creates community and social cohesion that prevents older people feeling isolated. Studies have shown that older people actively pursue recreation and sport when they can access a program that suits their physical and mental needs,” Mr Vasta said.

The program will be managed by Sport Australia, the Australian Government’s leading agency for sport and physical activity.