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Take a walk with an elder

Finland

Finland

Take a walk with an elder

The second edition of the “Take a walk with an elder” campaign in Finland will be launched on October 4th 2012. This nation-wide campaign’s goal is to encourage as many old people as possible to walk outdoors safely and regularly during the winter months in Finland.

Going outdoors gets more difficult as people get older. The reasons may be physical (lack of strength or balance) or that the environment is not safe enough. Many are afraid of falling and end up being “prisoners” at their homes.

This campaing challenges individuals and organizations to help old people to move outdoors and to report their walks in the website.Anyone can participate showing their caring and appreciation by taking old people (a family member, neighbour, someone from a nursing home) for a walk.
 
In 2011 more than 23,000 outdoor walks were reported. Active outdoor helpers included service houses and their personnel as well as voluntary organizations, families and friends. On the campaign's web page participants have told about their activities, which in many cases allowed seniors to admire the first spring flowers and migratory birds during their visits to parks, forests, farms and villages.

 
Promoter: The Age Institute - Finland

The Age Institute is maintained by the Kuntokallio Foundation. The main interest of the
Foundation is to promote favourable conditions of ageing by research, development and
education.

 
Website: http://www.vievanhusulos.fi
 
Contact: Minna Säpyskä-Nordberg : minna.sapyska-nordberg@ikainstituutti.fi