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Active ageing

Active Ageing in Leeds is for people who are aged 45 and over...

We know that you will have different physical activity needs at different stages of your life.  Active ageing is about enjoying recreation and socialising, preventing illness and maintaining mobility, independence and quality of life through physical activity.

  • Where can I take part?
    Leeds City Council leisure centres. 
  •  Leeds Sailing and Activity Centre. See the related page for more information.
  • Active life sessions - an exercise programme especially designed for the over 50’s
  • Parks - Leeds has some fantastic green space for activities such as walking, cycling and fun games like Rounders and Frisbee. 
  • Sports Clubs. See the link to the West Yorkshire Sport website which provides further information.
  • Leeds Let’s Change - find a range of activities and other health information.

What is recommended?

1. You should aim to be active daily. At least 150 minutes (2½ hours) of moderate intensity activity in bouts of 10 minutes or more every week.
2. Alternatively, comparable benefits can be achieved through 75 minutes of vigorous intensity activity spread across the week or combinations of moderate and vigorous intensity activity.
3. You should also undertake physical activity to improve muscle strength on at least two days a week.
4. You should minimise the amount of time spent being sedentary for extended periods.
5. Older adults at risk of falls should incorporate physical activity to improve balance and coordination on at least two days a week.

For more information please look at the National physical activity guidelines for adults - these can be found by clicking on the expandable Documents section on this page. There are 2 documents to choose from, one for 19-64 years and the other for 65+ years.​

Some services we provide are not free for everyone – the amount you have to pay depends on how much you can afford.

For further information about paying for Adult Social Care Services please read the 'Paying for Adult Social Care' guide which can be found in the Documents section on this page. 

The guide includes information about:

  • ​cost of care provided in your own home (non-residential care)
  • cost of residential care
  • how you pay for care and support services
  • personal budgets - 
  • deferred payment agreements (you can watch a video about deferred payment agreements in British Sign Language​
  • where to go for independent financial advice

You may want help with dealing with your finances. For individuals who may lack the mental capacity to make their own decisions about their care and treatment you can apply for Power of Attorney for a nominated individual - please see the External links section for how to apply for Power of Attorney.

If you need to manage the finances of someone who lacks mental capacity you will need to apply for Deputyship (if their savings are more than £14,250) - please see the External links section for how to apply for Deputyship.

If you need to manage the finances of someone who lacks mental capacity you will need to apply for appointee-ship (if their savings are less than £14,250 and claiming benefits - please see the External links section for how to apply for appointee-ship.​​​

Age UK Leeds work with older people in Leeds to improve later life. Services they offer include advice and support with:

  • Independence at home
  • Hospital discharge to home
  • Support for people with a diagnosis of cancer
  • Mental health hospital after care
  • Advocacy
  • Health and wellbeing
  • LGBT older people
  • Learning computer basics
  • Befriending services

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