Councillor Patricia Stallard, Executive Member for Public Health at Hampshire County Council, commented, “Developing strength and balance is vitally important in preventing falls, a major source of injury in older people. Around a third of people aged 65 and over experience a fall each year but specific, tailored exercises have been proven to be effective in reducing falls and fractures. We are delighted to get behind a scheme aimed at helping people to live independently for longer.” As well as improvements in strength and balance, participants enjoy the social elements of the group.
The class will run on Wednesdays at 10.45am at Princes Hall, Princes Way, Aldershot, GU11 1NX and costs £4.30 per session. To sign up for the new class call Rushmoor Healthy Living 01252 362660.
For a full list of Steady and Strong classes across Hampshire visit:
The launch of the new Steady and Strong class is part of wider work Hampshire County Council is undertaking as one of ten national partners in the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents’ Stand Up Stay Up campaign. This includes the Falls Friends programme which is designed for anyone interested in helping to prevent someone from falling and exploring potential causes of falls.
Anyone in Rushmoor interested in finding out more about how to prevent falls can visit www.hants.gov.uk/FallsPrevention or contact Hampshire County Council’s Falls Prevention Coordinator at FallsPrevention@hants.gov.uk or 01962 846605.