Healthy program keeps elderly strong
16 Dec 2014
More than 60 staff and older people celebrated the first year of the Western Sydney HOPP (Healthy Older People Partnership) program.
Western Sydney HOPP is a united approach to helping older people keep active, strong and healthy.
The program, established by Western Sydney Local Health District (WSLHD), has engaged more than 25 local services to host strength and balance activities and information sessions for elderly members of our community.
HOPP coordinator Trish Nove said the initiative is being delivered in partnership with range of services and community organisations including retirement villages, local councils and home care facilities across western Sydney.
“The aim of Western Sydney HOPP is to prevent falls and ensure our elderly can maintain strength and balance,” she said.
“Being physically strong and having good balance are essential for staying out of hospital and being able to remain in our homes as we age.
“It’s great to see so many organisations integrating our programs into their services,” she said.
“Hundreds have benefited and more people than ever are learning about the importance of balance and strength.”
HOPP program participant Doug Bennetts
Doug Bennetts from Carlingford expressed his gratitude for the HOPP program.
“I’m now a lot more confident and have improved my mobility and independence,” Mr Bennetts said.
“Most importantly, I’m less fearful of falling as I now know how to prevent it.”
Services or community organisations interested in supporting their clients in building strength and balance should contact Trish Nove, HOPP coordinator on 9840 3630
Community members who would like information should visit www.activeandhealthy.nsw.gov.au