The Chichester Wellbeing team is running a new programme of WellBalanced Workshops to help residents aged 65 and over to prevent falls by improving their balance.
The three-hour workshops are free to attend. Each session starts with a group discussion about the risks of falling and how to avoid them, and the importance of exercise to maintain strength and balance.
During the workshop, clients learn six simple exercises they can do at home, demonstrated by a qualified fitness instructor. Clients also have the opportunity to practise these exercises during the session with the support of the instructor.
After the workshop clients are offered a Functional Fitness MOT. This is a series of physical function tests to give people an idea of how their fitness compares to other people and highlights their strengths and weaknesses.
Clients also have the opportunity to join other local classes that teach exercises to help increase muscle strength, improve balance, and reduce the risk of falls.
“These workshops have been running for a number of years now and we always receive excellent feedback from clients,” says Councillor Eileen Lintill, Cabinet Member for Community Services at Chichester District Council. “One of our recent clients decided to attend a Wellbalanced Workshop after suffering from hip pain and falling twice last year which left her feeling shaken and unconfident.
“Since attending the workshop and following it up with some exercise classes she feels much stronger on her feet and finds it easier to do everyday activities. She has even been out for walks alone which she didn’t have the confidence to do before.”
Residents can find out more about WellBalanced Workshops and book a place by calling 01243 521041 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org