Healthy Ageing

Older women enjoying an activity

Find out about the healthy ageing related programmes of work being taken forward by NHS Health Scotland and our partners. Our main focus is on mental health and wellbeing in later life.



Background and policy information

An introduction to what´s driving our work on healthy ageing and why.

Mental health and wellbeing in later life

Find out about NHS Health Scotland´s work programme on mental health and wellbeing in later life.

Active for Later Life

Active for Later Life is a web-resource to support practitioners working to encourage physical activity in older people.

NHS Health Scotland worked in partnership with the British Heart Foundation to update this resource, which aims to help all those involved in developing physical activity programmes for older people. Active for Later Life provides practical guidance documents for practitioners, summaries of evidence and recommendations, policy and strategic connections, and a series of working papers that support health, social care and public service planning colleagues.

The web-resource has been developed as a means of widening the support currently provided for promoting physical activity to an ageing population. Keeping active is acknowledged to be a key factor in maintaining health and wellbeing in later life; the accepted recommendation is 30 minutes of moderate physical activity on five days a week. For all adults over the age of 55, including those who are frail, three sessions a week of strength and balance are also recommended.

The web-resource also gives valuable advice on the role played by physical activity in the prevention of falls, and provides support for physical activity in black, minority ethnic groups.

Active for Later Life is accompanied by two presentations which you can use when making the case for introducing physical activity programmes for older people:

Reviewed 12 April 2010