Find­ing a strength and bal­ance class in Whanganui

Whanganui Midweek - - NEWS -

Strength and bal­ance classes are the way to go for el­derly peo­ple who are strug­gling to find ways to stay ac­tive, the Whanganui Dis­trict Health Board says.

The DHB’s di­rec­tor of nurs­ing, Sandy Blake, a falls pre­ven­tion ex­pert, is get­ting in be­hind an on­go­ing na­tional cam­paign called Live Stronger for Longer.

Blake is urg­ing older peo­ple in the re­gion to get in­volved in com­mu­nity strength and bal­ance classes to re­duce risk of falls and frac­tures, which could have a se­ri­ous im­pact on their qual­ity of life.

She said she couldn’t stress enough how im­por­tant it was for older peo­ple to re­main ac­tive.

Blake and Whanganui DHB are sup­port­ing a lo­cal ef­fort to pro­vide ap­proved com­mu­ni­ty­based group strength and bal­ance classes for older adults across the Whanganui, Ran­gi­tikei, Waimarino and Tai­hape ar­eas.

The DHB said peo­ple look­ing for an ex­er­cise provider should look out for the ACC qual­ity tick, which meant the prac­tice met nine ev­i­dence-based clin­i­cal as­sess­ment cri­te­ria.

Strength and bal­ance classes cost be­tween $3 and $10 and adapted to suit a range of abil­i­ties and ages.

Peo­ple did not have to wear Ly­cra or spe­cial cloth­ing but could if they chose.

Par­tic­i­pants should wear clothes they could move in as well as flat, com­fort­able shoes.

Any­one over 60 who wants to main­tain, re­gain or im­prove their strength and bal­ance can at­tend the classes.

There is also the op­tion of ac­cess­ing the Falls Pre­ven­tion Ser­vice — an ACC-funded pro­gramme ded­i­cated to re­duc­ing the in­ci­dence of older adults’ falls.

■ De­tails of classes are at www.live­stronger.org.nz and Whanganui Dis­trict Health Board’s web­site www.wdhb.org.nz

35 Somme Pa­rade, Wan­ganui Mon-Fri 8.00am-6.00pm, Sat 9.00am-12pm24/7 0800PETVET / 0800 738 838 • www.wgvets.co.nz

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