Older Adults

Physical activity and exercise can help you stay healthy, energetic and independent as you get older.

Many adults aged 65 and over spend, on average, 10 hours or more each day sitting or lying down, making them the most inactive age group. Physical inactivity as you get older can lead to higher rates of falls, obesity, heart disease and early death compared with the general population.

As you get older, it becomes even more important to remain active if you want to stay healthy and maintain your independence.

The Health and Leisure Services provide a variety of targeted and community activities to promote and encourage sport and physical activity.

Seated Exercise

Seated Exercise is a weekly class that is delivered in a community setting by fully qualified instructors. Classes include a combination of gentle movement exercises and deep breathing techniques to help improve wellbeing.

Classes are suitable for the general public, GP Referral participants and can be used to supplement those attending a Falls prevention programme.

To find out what sessions are available within the district contact our Health and Leisure Services Team using the form at the bottom of the page.

Steady Steps

Steady Steps is a rejuvenating exercise programme helping to develop strength and balance. The 24 week programme is has been designed by professionals to enable those at risk to reduce the likelihood of falling. Alongside this it provides you with the knowledge and techniques to safely get up if you were to fall.

Programmes run across various community venues. Contact us to find out more about Steady Steps and whether or not it is suitable for you.

Steady Steps Plus

Steady Steps Plus is a weekly maintenance class for participants who have completed the 24 week Steady Steps programme. Sessions take place at community venues and delivered by fully qualified instructors.

Upon completing the Steady Steps programme your instructor will inform you of current Steady Steps Plus programmes taking place.

Thai Chi

Tai chi is a gentle form of exercise which combines deep breathing and relaxation with flowing movements. It is an important part of the FaME exercises and so is an ideal exit route for those completing the programme to continue their activity.

Studies have shown that it can help people aged 65 and over to reduce stress, improve posture, balance and general mobility, and increase muscle strength in the legs.

All classes available in the district are delivered by fully qualified and experienced instructors.

To find out about classes near you contact our Health and Leisure Services Team using the form at the bottom of the page.

Twilight Games

Twilight Games is a programme that aims to deliver adapted sports to elderly people with the objective of enhancing their day to day life through increased mobility, co-ordination, mental health, wellbeing and increased social activity.

The games suggested are simple adaptions of already existing activities which have been broken down to ensure anyone, regardless of ability, has the chance to participate. The programme is usually delivered within care settings, in which a qualified instructor will deliver six weeks of activity.

Members of staff are given training to deliver inclusive activities. Settings will also receive equipment and a resource booklet to use throughout the programme.

Twilight Games is available to any care setting within the district who feel their residents could benefit from physical activity.

If you are aware of a setting that could benefit from the Twilight Games please contact us using the form below.

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Last updated 19 September 2019
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