Live a full and independent life without the worry of falling with Steady and Strong, Steady and Strong Dance, Falls Friends and a range of other resources.
- Steady and Strong
Steady and Strong classes are designed to help people over 65 to improve strength and balance, helping you to live independently for longer. Steady and Strong instructors have specialist training to deliver exercises proven to reduce falls. Regardless of your age, you will be made very welcome. Find a class near you and simply call one of the instructors for more information and to book your place.
If you have had a fall in the last three months you may be eligible for support through the NHS, which can include NHS balance classes. Please talk to your GP about local NHS falls services that might be available in your area.
To find your local Steady and Strong class, use the search function below.
- Find your local Steady and Strong class
- Steady and strong information leaflet
- Home exercise booklets for use in between Steady and Strong classes
Steady and Strong Dance
We also have a new Steady and Strong Dance class which combines Steady and Strong exercises with choreographed movements to create a fun and enjoyable class which you can adapt to your own pace. The instructor is experienced in teaching movement classes to older people.
No prior dance or exercise experience is necessary. Movements will be done both seated and standing, with chair support for those who require it.
The Steady and Strong Dance class takes place at The Point in Eastleigh, on Wednesdays from 2-3pm. For more information, visit The Point Eastleigh or call Ella Frampton, the instructor on 07933 194 920.
- NHS Balance Classes
If you have had a fall you should inform your GP who may refer you to an NHS Falls Clinic and NHS balance class.
- Better Balance for Life
These exercises are designed to take approximately 20 minutes and will help you to improve your strength, balance and flexibility – all which will help you to continue to be active every day and prevent falls. Ideally you should follow these exercises at least twice a week but you may find building them into a daily routine is easier.
Download our easy to follow Better Balance for Life exercises
- Falls Friends Champions
Falls Friends Champions increase awareness about preventing falls amongst their communities. They do this by delivering one-hour Falls Friends talks exploring the potential causes of falls and how to minimise these risks. Champions receive half a day’s training as well as all the resources they need to deliver Falls Friends talks.
Upcoming Falls Friends Champion training:
7 June 2019, 12.30pm – 4.30pm, Hayling Island
To book your place email FallsPrevention@hants.gov.uk or phone 01962 846605.
- Other steps you can take to prevent falls
- Have your medications reviewed by your GP at least once a year. This is especially important if you take more than four medicines a day.
- Have your eye sight tested each year.
- Drinking alcohol can lead to loss of co-ordination and exaggerate the effects of some medicines. This can significantly increase the risk of a fall, particularly in older people.
- Make your home safer by removing potential slip and trip hazards and ensuring rooms are well lit.
- Wear clothes and footwear that you won’t trip over.
For further details about ways to reduce your risk of having a fall visit The NHS Choices website.
- More help and advice on preventing falls
Telecare - alarm systems and sensors to help reassure you and your relatives that you are safe in your home
Facing up to Falls -The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents
Falls Prevention exercise video - Chartered Society of Physiotherapy
Get Up and Go - A Guide to Staying Steady - The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy
A Practical Guide to Healthy Ageing - Age UK