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Movement Minutes

Age Friendly Ireland

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Programme: National

WHO Theme: Civic Participation And Employment, Social Participation

Health & Wellbeing Theme: Physical Activity, Staying Connected

Funding Stream: Sport Ireland

Resources Required: Paid Staff

Cost: 1000-5000


Movement Minutes is an initiative that started in March 2020 when Covid-19 forced us into lock down and restricted older adults in particular, from engaging in physical activity outside of their own homes. Sessions are delivered on line, through face book live and last for up to 30 minutes. Sessions are delivered three times a week with a large variety of activities ranging from games, yoga, tai chi, dance and more. To date there is over 150 sessions that can be accessed through our social media.

Aim of Initiative

Who is it aimed at

The initiative is aimed at older people to encourage them to stay active both at home as well as outdoors.

Steps critical to success

  1. Easy to follow simple exercises using little or minimal equipment
  2. Interaction via the comments with participants
  3. Ability to view sessions retrospectively if they are missed

Challenges in Planning / Delivery

  1. Not being able to see how participants doing with their exercises
  2. Lack of ‘in person’ connection and instant feedback
  3. Not being able to interact with older people who are not connected to the internet

Outcomes / Benefits

  1. Older people becoming more familiar and confident with technology
  2. Participants being enabled to remain active in their own homes
  3. Participants feeling that they are part of an (online) community

Evaluation / Report:
not available

Paul Gallier //

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