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Nottinghamshire over 55s to keep fit and reduce injury risks

Nottinghamshire residents aged over 55 are being encouraged to get involved in group exercise classes to reduce their risk of injury at home and become more active.

Nottinghamshire County Council, in partnership with public health provider Everyone Health, is continuing to improve the strength and balance of older people in the county through its ENGAGE programme.

It is estimated that adults over the age of 40 lose eight percent of their muscle mass every decade, resulting in the increasing risk of falls. However, this risk can often be reduced by taking part in physical activity twice a week.

Strength and Balance sessions are being offered:

  • Every Thursday from 1.30pm at Water Meadows Leisure Centre in Mansfield and from 4pm at Tuxford Court in Mansfield
  • Every Wednesday from 10am at Ashfield Health and Wellbeing Centre from 30 August
  • Every Thursday from 1pm at Southwell House in Newark and from 1.30pm at Southwell Leisure Centre
  • Every Monday from 12.30pm at Keyworth Village Hall
  • Every Wednesday from 1pm at All Hallows Church Hall in Lady Bay
  • Every Friday from 11am at Carlton Forum Leisure Centre
  • Every Tuesday from 10am at Yew Tree Court in Beeston
  • Every Wednesday from 12.30pm and 3.30pm at Worksop Leisure Centre.

The sessions are available to anyone over the age of 55 who feels they could benefit from gentle activity. Those who attend will also be offered free refreshments and the opportunity to socialise with others in the class.

Participants get involved in a number of chair-based exercises to improve their strength and stability and can progress on to other activities, including OTAGO, which involves a mix of both seated and standing exercises.

Everyone Health’s dedicated officers also provide advice on creating a more fall-proof environment at home and understanding how to deal with a fall should it happen, part of the national ‘Get Up & Go’ campaign.

Councillor Stuart Wallace, Chairman of the Council’s Adult Social Care and Health Committee, said: “These exercise classes not only aim to improve people’s strength and balance to reduce their risk of a fall around the home, they are also a great way of making new friends and keeping active.”

Jacqui Constantine, Strength and Balance Co-ordinator at Everyone Health, said: “The ENGAGE Strength and Stability programme aims to help people maintain healthy, happy, more independent lives as they get older. Falls are not an inevitable part of ageing, and there are lots of simple steps that can be taken to reduce the likelihood of them happening, and improve resilience if they do.”

Those wanting get involved in the programme can talk to a healthcare professional in order to be referred to the service, or alternatively contact an Everyone Health officer directly by calling 0300 005 0092 or emailing [email protected]

New classes are also continuously being added, details of which can find out about new class by using the contact details above.

For more information on maintaining strength and balance visit www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/falls