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Bringing balance to Braishfield!

Thursday, 14 August 2014

New community exercise classes for older people who may be a bit unsteady and want help to improve their balance and prevent falls are coming to Braishfield.

Having a fall can have a serious impact on anyone's life - but for older people the consequences are even greater, including a loss of independence, mobility and confidence as well as the time it takes to recover.

Hampshire County Council's Older People's Well-Being Team and Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust teamed up a year ago to set up a network of 'Steady and Strong' community exercise classes around the county with the aim of preventing falls and keeping older people independent for as long as possible.

By preventing falls, older people's chances of staying independent at home are significantly increased and they can continue to live an active lifestyle. Exercise is one of the most important factors in preventing a fall and the 'Steady and Strong' programme is designed to help older people to regain strength and balance.

There are 'Steady and Strong' classes running in most parts of Hampshire in a variety of locations including church halls, community centres, leisure centres and sheltered housing schemes. Classes are all taught by qualified postural stability instructors, who have been specifically trained to deliver exercise that helps to reduce falls in older people.

The new class coming to Braishield Village Hall will start on Tuesday 16th September. The hour long class begins at 1:15pm and will be led by Postural Stability Instructor Jenny Pawson. The class will cost £4.00 a week but you can come along and try for free! Booking is essential for your first class so please contact Jenny Pawson on 07845 530855

Cllr Liz Fairhurst, Hampshire County Council's Executive Member for Adult Social Care and Public Health said "Exercise is one of the most important factors in staying independent. Steady and Strong classes have proved very effective in helping people to regain and maintain their confidence; this is so vital as older people who are not physically active are less able to do every-day tasks and so are more likely to need support and care. This is just one of the schemes run by the Older People's Wellbeing Team in Hampshire aimed at helping people to stay independent, reduce isolation and loneliness and increase confidence."

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