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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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Attention older adults:  Before starting any new activities, speak to your health care provider.  They can help you find out which activities are best for you.

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We are gradually resuming in-person services at HPEPH by appointment only at this time.  Please review our Service Interruptions page for more information.

All program lines and the COVID-19 information line operate Monday to Friday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm (excluding statutory holidays).

To assist us with our efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19, we ask anyone visiting the office for an appointment to:

  • bring a non-medical mask, physical distancing may not be possible during your appointment
  • maintain physical distance of at least 2 metres, both inside and outside the office
  • review symptoms of COVID-19, and reschedule your appointment if you have symptoms of the virus, or any other illness
  • reschedule your appointment if a family member or other close contact is ill
  • use accessible buttons to open doors, instead of handles
  • use hand sanitizer when entering and exiting the building

We have made additional changes to prevent the spread of COVID-19. If you are visiting our office for an appointment, you can be confident that we are:

  • increasing our cleaning, in alignment with heightened infection control protocols
  • considering alternatives to in-person appointments and meetings when possible
  • screening staff and visitors for symptoms of COVID-19
  • offering in-person services by appointment only to reduce traffic in office
  • ensuring staff wear masks and/or other protective equipment when seeing clients

Please continue to our website for more information about our programs and services.