Health exercise has proved to be an efficient and cost-effective method of promoting the comprehensive well-being of older people.

The aim is achieved by developing and increasing the following services for older people:

  • exercise counseling
  • guided strength and balance exercise
  • opportunities for daily exercise and outdoor exercise

The activities are organized in cooperation between NGO’s and the public sector by implementing the good practices of health exercise developed in the programme. The implementation is carried out by municipalities supported with The Age Institute’s mentoring activities. More than 30 municipalities all over Finland will be selected in the programme in 2010-2014.

The programme is coordinated by The Age Institute and financed by Finland’s Slot Machine Association, Ministry of Education and Culture, and Ministry of Social Affairs and Health.

The National Policy Programme for Older People’s Physical Activity (2012)

The government appointed National Board on Health Promoting Exercise suggested that the executive board of the national Strength in Old Age Health Exercise Programme (2005-2014) should design a national policy programme for older people’s physical activity. The policy programme was made in cooperation with the similarly aimed PASEO project funded by the EU.