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Take steps to develop strength and balance

Published: Thu 10 January, 2019

A programme designed to help over 65s develop strength and balance, and ultimately prevent falls, has proven so popular it has been expanded.

North West Leicestershire District Council (NWLDC) organises the Steady Steps classes which are aimed at anyone aged over 65 that has either previously suffered a fall or might be worried about falling in the future.

The free sessions are relaxed, fun and social, and are designed to help those at an increased risk of falls or who find themselves isolated.

Classes that began at the end of last year filled up so quickly that an extra session has been organised. This will take place at Whitwick Park Hall on Tuesdays from 15 January onwards, between 1.30pm and 3pm.

Mankean Lef, 75, has taken part in the Steady Steps programme and said: “The Steady Steps classes have definitely improved my quality of life. My balance has improved and I feel more agile and lighter on my feet. I really enjoy the social aspect of the class, and now attend three exercise classes every week. I never imagined I would ever be doing that.”

NWLDC is working in partnership with West Leicestershire Clinical Commissioning Group, Leicestershire County Council and Leicester-Shire and Rutland Sport to run the free Steady Steps programme.

Councillor Alison Smith MBE, Deputy Leader and Portfolio Holder for Community Services at NWLDC, said: “The Steady Steps scheme is proving to be incredibly successful and we’re delighted to able to offer this extra class.

“As a council we are proactively trying to support our older residents so they can feel strong and healthy while avoiding entirely preventable trips and falls. The social benefits of this programme are fantastic too and it really helps people to meet new friends while they’re building up their strength.”

Over 65s can join the course at any point during the first six weeks. Refreshments are provided after each session. Booking is essential by contacting Emily Rodbourne at emily.rodbourne@nwleicestershire.gov.uk or on 01530 454839.

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