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Hastings and Prince Edward Public Health

Older Adults (65+ years)

It’s never too late to get active. As you age, keeping active can allow you to stay independent, decrease your risk of chronic disease, and can help you to live longer. To achieve health benefits and improve functional abilities, adults age 65 years and older should accumulate at least 150 minutes of moderate-to-vigorous intensity aerobic physical activity per week, in periods of 10 minutes or more.

Moderate-to-vigorous physical activity makes you sweat and breathe harder (e.g. brisk walking, jogging, bike riding, swimming). It is also beneficial to add muscle and bone strengthening activities using major muscle groups, at least two days per week. If you have poor mobility, perform physical activities to enhance balance and prevent falls.

While physical activity can be safe at any age, we recommend that you speak with your health care provider if you are thinking about getting active.

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If you have returned from travel anywhere outside of Canada, you must self-isolate for 14 days and immediately contact Public Health or your local health care provider if you develop symptoms of COVID-19. Earlier this month all travellers were asked to self-isolated when they returned to Canada. Effective March 25, the federal government made this isolation mandatory under the Quarantine Act to better protect our most vulnerable citizens. Each of us must make the responsible decision to follow the advice of health authorities. It’s in everyone’s best interest to do everything we can to stop the spread of COVID-19.