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Helping seniors stay on their feet

Thursday, December 12, 2019

It’s easy to take strength and balance for granted, but as we age we risk losing it if we don’t use it.

At the age of 60, Colin was forced out of work due to a back injury that was limiting his mobility and taking a toll on his strength and balance. Years later he decided to attend one of the Keep on Your Feet strength and balance classes supported by Sport Bay of Plenty. Within six month his life was turned around - his balance has improved, and now, at the age of 70, he's as active as he was when he was 50.

Each year one in three people aged 65 and over will fall, and the risk increases to one in two for those aged over 80. Unfortunately falls are also one of the most common and costly causes of injury in seniors. There’s good news, though – a 2012 study showed group exercise programmes that focus on strength and balance can reduce falls by 29 per cent.

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The Keep on Your Feet initiative administered by Sport Bay of Plenty in the Eastern and Western Bay is part of a nationwide effort by ACC to reduce falls and fractures, and help seniors live stronger for longer. Accredited instructors ensure a fun and supportive environment that shows seniors they’re never too old to be active and get the most out of life.

The 2018-19 financial year was a big for year for the Keep on Your Feet programme - seventy strength and balance classes are now available across the Eastern and Western Bay of Plenty, and more than 1,100 people aged 65 plus attended classes proving age is not barrier to being active.

Want to know more? Check our our Keep on Your Feet webpage and find a strength and balance class near you.

Keep on Your Feet

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