Supervised physical activity for elderly people and other residents near home
Regular exercise will be organised for older people and other residents in housing companies’ club rooms and surroundings. Volunteer instructors will be trained to continue physical activities in club rooms. Tablets will be purchased for some housing companies, making it easy to utilise existing exercise videos for joint exercise sessions in club rooms.
The start of the project was delayed due to the coronavirus situation. The project started in September 2020. A more detailed action plan for the project is described below the News-section.
- The project has been extended until the end of 2021 due to the coronavirus situation.
The aim of the project is to support the functional capacity of older people living at home by means of regular exercise in the club rooms, courtyards or surroundings of housing companies. The activities aim to increase the sense of community of the local residents and reduce experiences of loneliness. The activities are particularly targeted at older people who have difficulties in participating in other existing exercise services due to low income or limited functional capacity, for example.
Actions and operating areas:
A key action of the project is to organise exercise activities based on the wishes of older people near their homes. The activities will start with the Age Institute’s Together in the Neighbourhood clubs, which need support in organising exercise activities. In the autumn of 2020, the project’s operating area will be the Together in the Neighbourhood clubs in Puotinharju, Myllypuro, Pohjois-Haaga and Länsi-Pasila. In the spring, the plan is to expand the activities to the Together in the Neighbourhood clubs in the areas of Siltamäki, Suutarila and Tapanila. Other older people’s clubs interested in increasing exercise activities can also contact the project worker about starting cooperation.
The older people’s groups will be supported in organising physical activities, in particular, and clubs will be provided with material and tips for activity content. Exercise will be initially organised with instruction but, to ensure the continuity of the activities, the aim is to find volunteers in the clubs or elsewhere nearby to continue the physical activities. During the project, the possibilities of digital solutions in organising physical activities for older people in housing companies’ club rooms will also be explored. The goal is for at least half of the older people’s clubs involved in the project to continue to carry out exercise activities on their own after the end of the project, either under the instruction of a volunteer or using technology.
During the project, the safety of the group participants will be ensured by keeping the group sizes small and reminding people of the importance of good hand and coughing hygiene and safe distances in the prevention of coronavirus infections. The primary aim is to organise the exercise sessions outdoors. The City of Helsinki’s coronavirus guidelines will be applied in the activities. If the situation so requires, the group activities may have to be suspended, in which case alternative solutions will be sought to support the functional capacity of the participants.
- The first exercise groups have started in week 42 at the Together in the Neighbourhood clubs of Puotinharju, Myllypuro, Pohjois-Haaga and Länsi-Pasila.
NOTE. Due to the latest restrictions to curb the coronavirus epidemic the exercise groups will be canceled from week 49 for the rest of the year.
Recruiting a project employee
Starting the project and planning the content
Starting the first groups
Starting new groups, recruiting and instructing volunteers
5Dec 2020-Feb 2021
Online guided exercise, other activities suspended due to restrictions
Instilling the established activities
Final evaluation. End of project