Healthy Older People
As we grow older we lose muscle strength and our balance, and this can lead to a fall.
Being active is important to:
- stay fit
- do the things you like to do everyday
- have strong muscles
- have Good balance
- move easily
We encourage you to be active and get your vitamin D and calcium for stronger bones.
Stepping On Program
Stepping On is a free, friendly community program. This program will help participants to improve balance, strength and confidence.
Who can attend?
- aged 65 years and over
- had a fall in the past year or have a fear of falling
- living independently
- able to walk with or without a walking stick
- not suitable for people with dementia
The program runs for seven weeks:
- each session is for two hours
- one session/week
- follow up session
- different locations
- in English and some other languages
Exercise program in your local area:
To find an exercise program for older adults in your area, visit the website http://www.activeandhealthy.nsw.gov.au/
You can also order the “Staying Active And On Your Feet” booklet on the above website. This booklet talks about:
- balance and strength
- home safety checklist
- calcium and vitamin D
For community members:
For service providers:
The following sessions are offered to groups with more than 15 participants who are older adults living independently in the community.
Healthy and Active Information sessions
This Session is to encourage our local seniors, to stay well and independent, keep active and to improve balance and strength. The session covers:
- 30 min presentation
- balance and strength exercises
- calcium and vitamin D
- suitable physical activity for improving balance and strength
Fit and Strong Challenge
This Challenge is for 4 weeks to complete at home and covers 4 activities:
- Be active for 30 minutes a day
- Do strength & balance exercises
- Get vitamin D (sunlight before 10am or after 3pm)
- Adequate calcium intake
Participants need to complete a short survey pre- and post-challenge.
Balance and Strength Fridge Magnet
Like to do some balance and strength exercises at home? Print these off and put on your fridge.
The Balance and Strength Fridge Magnet includes four simple balance and strength exercises:
- heel raises
- half squats
- walking sideways, and
- knee lift
This exercise sheet is available in the following languages: