Information and good practices for older person's health exercise
Strength in Old Age Programme
Health-enhancing physical activity (HEPA)has proved to be an efficient and cost-effective method to promote well-being of older people. The national Strength in Old Age Programme aims to launch evidence-based health exercise for independently living older adults (75+ years of age) who are at an increased risk of functional decline.
The aim is achieved by developing and increasing the following services:
guided strength and balance training
opportunities for daily exercise and outdoor exercise
The Program activities are organized in cooperation between NGOs and the public sector by implementing the good HEPA practices developed in the Programme. The implementation is carried out in themunicipalities that have been selected to the 3-year Program period. Age Institute provides the municipalities with tailored mentoring support, coordination, and evaluation.
The Program has undergone three time periods , with NGO participation in the first period of 2005–2009, 38 municipalities in the second period of 2010–2015 and 48 municipalities in the third period of 2016–2021. The fourth time period started in 2021 and it’s ongoing.
The Programme receives most of its funding from the Finnish gaming company Veikkaus.