About Active Ageing

We contribute to the health and well-being of Australians across their lifespan by encouraging physical activity whether at home, in a care facility or through participation in active recreation and sport.

The Australian National Preventive Health Agency, in its State of Preventive Health Report 2013 recognises physical inactivity as a key risk factor for chronic disease.  Engaging in regular physical activity assists with prevention and management of lifestyle-related chronic disease including heart disease, Type 2 diabetes and hypertension, and is linked to improved mental and social well-being, including positive outcomes for dementia sufferers. Regular strength and balance exercises are also important in managing osteoporosis and osteoarthritis and reducing the risk and severity of falls.

We are a membership-based charity for advancing health, engaged in a range of initiatives which promote the importance of regular physical activity, regardless of age or ability. We educate and support individuals in becoming more active, and we work with other organisations to improve their capacity to deliver appropriate physical activity programs and services to older adults. Our training programs for exercise leaders include Easy Moves for Active Ageing (EMAA®), Chi Ball Gentle Moves and Home Exercise and Lifestyle Program (HELP).  Resources include exercise DVDs for home use and a relaxing music CD.

We also manage AAAnet, a virtual communications network for South Australian organisations with an interest in promoting physical activity for adults,  maintain the Falls Prevention in SA website,  and are involved in other projects and events that support active ageing.

Patron: His Excellency the Honourable Hieu Van Le AC
            Governor of South Australia

Our history:

We started out as Recreation Association for the Elderly SA, holding an inaugural AGM in Adelaide in February 1980.

In 1991, we changed our name to Recreation for Older Adults.

Ten years later, in 2001, we changed to our current registered name, Active Ageing SA Inc.

Our trading name Active Ageing Australia was registered in 2007.