At my local library I was interested to see a brochure about Active and Healthy – as discussed in previous posts the library is a fountain of information. It turned out to be information for over 50s but it was still an interesting read as we are an ageing population and prevention is better wherever possible.
Active and Healthy is an initiative from NSW Health. The website – http://www.activeandhealthy.nsw.gov.au helps provide information and access to services with a particular focus for those over 50.
Staying physically active is the single most important thing we can do to stay fit and independent.
Staying active reduces our risk of a fall, which helps keeps us independent and improves our overall health and wellbeing.
To reduce your risk of falling, it’s also important to include activities that improve your balance and increase your strength. Try to include these into your routine every day.
One of the great things about the website is that you can find a registered exercise program near you using the search function. A quick search of some of the programs reveals that the some of the programs can be done by all ages while others are tailored specific to an age group or a specific condition.
The courses may be free or there may be costs associated with attending the program.
Stepping On is a free program for people over the age of 65 years living in the community. The program is considered to be one of the most effective evidence-based falls prevention programs available and has been shown to reduce participants’ risk of falling by 31% (Clemson et al 2004). Participants attend seven two-hour group sessions, during which they learn about strengthening and balance exercises, safe footwear, medication management, vision, nutrition, moving safely in the community and reducing hazards around the home that can lead to accidents. www.steppingon.com
If you or someone you know should be doing more to stay physically active and healthy but are lacking information then head to http://www.activeandhealthy.nsw.gov.au