Finding a strength and balance class in Whanganui
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
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