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Opportunities for exercise instructors working with older people

Friday, 23 August 2013

Hampshire County Council, in partnership with Winchester City Council and DC Leisure are inviting exercise instructors who work with older people to attend a course that will help them teach exercises to prevent falls.

The Otago falls prevention exercise course was produced in Otago, New Zealand and consists of 24 evidence based exercises which improve balance, strength and confidence to reduce the risk of falls and injuries for older people. The two day course will be held at River Park Leisure Centre, Winchester on Thursday 24 October and Wednesday 13 November 2013.

The course is available to level 3 and 4 exercise instructors with a years' experience of working with older people. It works well in sheltered housing schemes where there is often a large space in which to run a class and local people can join in the weekly sessions. The course also covers the international recommendations for adaptation of exercise for older adults and for specific medical conditions associated with ageing.

The cost per applicant is £372 including VAT. Hampshire County Council is offering a reimbursement of £100 per person when the successful applicant has set up two on-going classes in their area. Those attending the course will need to provide a set of ankle weights. Booking early is essential, please contact Sophie Jevons on: 01962 846605 or email Sophie.jevons@hants.gov.uk.

Hampshire County Council's Executive Member for Adult Social Care, Councillor Anna McNair Scott, said: "Helping older people to remain active and independent is a key priority for the Council's Older Person's Wellbeing Team. This course is a great opportunity for local instructors to access this training and to learn new skills specifically aimed at helping our older population from highly skilled tutors.

"For older people having a fall can not only result in injuries but also knock their confidence, reducing their ability to remain independent. As well as reducing risk factors for falls by improving muscle strength, flexibility, balance and reaction time Otago exercises also offer other potential benefits of moderate physical activity These include improved physical health, movement control, confidence, sleep and quality of life in old age."

This training has been endorsed by REPS and Skills Active and receives 16 CPD points.

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