Community Development Alliance Scotland

Green prescriptions for older people

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 Doctors should directly encourage older people to exercise outdoors, according to a report ‘Access to outdoor recreation by older people in Scotland’ commissioned by the Scottish Government and authored by James Hutton Institute researchers. It found that less than 50% of over-60s and 40% of over-75s participated in outdoor pursuits one or more times a week. It explored barriers which discourage older people, including poor health and immobility, lack of or reduced social connections, fragility and vulnerability, lack of motivation and time commitments, safety, and weather and season.

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