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New Steady and Strong classes starting in Hampshire

Thursday, 09 January 2014

The latest round of Hampshire County Council's Steady and Strong Exercise classes are starting this month, which aim to help to improve strength, balance, confidence and coordination for older people.

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.

Steady and Strong exercise classes are taught by qualified postural stability instructors, who have been specifically trained to reduce falls in older people. The classes also link in with the NHS-led fall prevention classes and provide a follow-on for people, completing their rehabilitation.

New classes are available at the following locations:

  • Wickham, at the Community Centre on Tuesday mornings at 10:30am
  • Farnborough, at the Methodist Church on Wednesday afternoons at 1:45pm
  • Hedge End, at the 2000 Centre starting on Tuesday 21 January at 10am, then weekly
  • Basingstoke Sports Centre starting on Wednesday 22 January at 2pm, then weekly.

You can join the classes at any time, so do not worry if you cannot attend the first session.

For the contact details of the new classes or to find details of another class please contact Sophie Jevons on 01962 846605.

Steady and Strong classes are suitable for any older person in Hampshire who has had, or who is worried about having a fall, has decreased mobility or has trouble with their balance. People who have completed short courses of exercise with physiotherapy teams following hospital admission can also join, to maintain the benefits they gained. Exercises can be done sitting or standing, depending upon the person's ability, and with the aim of progressing to performing the exercises without support.

Hampshire County Council's Executive Member for Adult Social Care and Public Health, Councillor Liz Fairhurst, said: "With an increasing ageing population it is essential we offer advice, support and services that help older residents remain independent, enhance their quality of life and reduce, or delay the need to use long term social care or health services. 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 these classes are a great way for older people wanting to stay active and independent, to meet up and have fun while exercising."

The classes last for an hour. They are run in a friendly atmosphere and usually close with the opportunity for a chat over a cup of tea. The prices vary from £3 - £3.50 per session.

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