Improving health and wellbeing outcomes in our communities

Providing balance classes for older people

Stroud District Council

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Stroud District Council

Stroud District Council

Stroud District Council’s Health & Wellbeing Team has worked closely with the local NHS Falls Prevention team to provide a streamlined referral scheme for Better Balance classes. These standing and seat classes are for older residents who have fallen or at risk of falling. The Council delivers seven classes a week across the district at community venues to compliment the NHS hospital based physiotherapy.  As the local population ages, the council has been promoting the preventative benefits of strengthening exercise for older adults and the attendance figures have increased by nearly 1000 in a year.  One of the attendees said ““The scheme is excellent both physically and socially and is affordable.”