Older Adults – Strictly No Falling & Healthy Ageing

Do you want an active lifestyle? Do you want the energy and ability to do what you want to do when you want to do it?

At Living Well Physiotherapy we can give health advice on managing conditions associated with ageing including arthritis, osteoporosis, preparing for and recovery from joint replacement surgery, and reducing the risk of falling. We also offer Functional Fitness MoT and exercise for older adults.

Changes to our bodies that we associate with older age, such as loss of bone density (leading to osteoporosis) and loss of muscle (sarcopenia) can start when we are in our 30’s! As we get older, many people start to notice other changes such as joint pain and stiffness, reduced balance and less stamina. These changes can affect an older person’s ability to participate in activities or hobbies they enjoy, can limit their ability to manage everyday tasks at home (for example reaching into a high cupboard or climbing the stairs) and can lead to social isolation if an older person stays at home because using their outside steps,  taking public transport, or getting in or out a car (or taxi) is too challenging. Research estimates frailty affects around 10% of people over 65 years and 50% of people over 80 years.

Research shows that keeping active and participating in exercise is effective (even for the frailest older adults), for increasing bone strength, muscle strength, stamina and balance.  At Living Well Physiotherapy we can help you with your goals, tailor exercise to your needs, and provide advice and motivation to support you to do what you want to do, when you want to do it.

Exercise for Older Adults

Members of the ‘Indestructibles’ at Holmesfield (with kind permission)

Our expert Physiotherapist, Kerry Lauder, has completed specialist training as a Postural Stability Instructor (PSI) to provide social, fun exercise classes using the Falls and Exercise Management (FaME) programme. FaME is endorsed by Age UK and the CSP (Chartered Society of Physiotherapy) and has several proven benefits including:

  • Strengthening bones
  • Strengthening muscles
  • Improving balance and co-ordination
  • Increasing stamina

These benefits lead to improved physical ability and reduce the risk of having a fall, so that everyday tasks become easier and older people can continue to participate in activities they enjoy.

Living Well’s Older Adults groups are designed to help older people increase their activity levels in a supportive and social environment. Each session includes a warm up, mobilising exercises, balance work, cardiovascular exercises and strengthening exercises. The class finishes with a cool-down and gentle stretch.  Time is also taken to discuss any health issues or exercise related topics as requested by participants.

Why take part?

  • Suitable for all abilities
  • Provided by an expert physiotherapist
  • Fun, social and supportive atmosphere
  • Small class sizes
  • Exercise at your own pace in sitting or standing
  • Evidence based, effective exercise programme
  • Wide variety of exercises and activities
  • Tailored to suit participants need
  • Information and advice to support exercising at home

Classes are very popular, if you would like to take a look or find out more information please get in touch. Before joining a session you will be asked to complete a health questionnaire.

  • Monday 1.30pm-2.30pm at Homlesfield Village Hall (near Dronfield)

  • Wednesday 10.45-11.45am at Bradway Community Hall, Bradway

  • Friday 9.30 – 10.30am at Dronfield Hall Barn