Older Adults

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

Many adults aged 65 and overspend, 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, Leisure and Tourism Services provide a variety of targeted and community activities to promote and encourage the sport and physical activity.

For more information on the activities available, get in touch with the Health, Leisure and Tourism Team using the form at the bottom of this page.

Steady Steps

Steady Steps is a rejuvenating exercise programme helping to develop strength and balance. The 24-week programme 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.

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.

Last updated 5 October 2023
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