A new rejuvenating exercise programme aimed to help over 65s develop strength and balance, and ultimately prevent falls, is being launched in North West Leicestershire.
North West Leicestershire District Council (NWLDC) is working in partnership with West Leicestershire Clinical Commissioning Group, Leicester County Council and Leicester-Shire and Rutland Sport to establish the free Steady Steps programme over the next six months.
The scheme is designed to help anyone aged over 65 that has either previously fallen or might be worried about falling in the future.
The sessions are relaxed, fun and social, and fit in with NWLDC’s Independence Project. This is designed to help those at an increased risk of falls or who find themselves isolated.
The weekly programme takes place at the following locations and times:
- Measham Leisure Centre – Mondays, 1.30pm-3pm, from February 12 onwards
- Castle Donington Methodist Church - Fridays, 10.30pm-noon from 16 February onwards
- Ibstock Palace – Wednesdays, 1.30pm-3pm, from 21 February onwards
- Hugglescote doctors’ surgery - Fridays, 1pm-2.30pm from 2 March onwards.
There is no requirement to attend every session, and over 65s can come along at any time during the 24 weeks.
Kath is a North West Leicestershire resident that has benefitted from a similar programme in the past. She said:“I used to use a stick to get around, but following the exercise I no longer use the stick. Getting around day-to-day is much easier and I also enjoy the social interaction I get from attending the exercise. Being in a sheltered accommodation always made me feel isolated, but my social life is as active as ever.”
Councillor Alison Smith MBE, Deputy Leader and Portfolio Holder for NWLDC, said: “We do have an aging population and there are pressures on our health services, so it’s important we adapt and put things in place to support our over 65s.
“This programme has a huge number of benefits, and as well as improving fitness, strength and balance it goes a long way towards tackling isolation and loneliness.
“The sessions are fun and relaxed so if you’re interested, or know a family member that would benefit, don’t hesitate to get in touch.”
Booking is essential by calling Christopher Mawbey on 01530 454785 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org