The Northern Health and Social Care Trust is encouraging older people in the Antrim area to take part in a new exercise and education programme to help maintain and improve mobility and prevent falls which can have a significant detrimental impact on older people.
Stepping Towards Enhanced Postural Stability (STEPS) is a 12 to 16 week exercise and education programme which takes place in Day Care Centres across the Northern Trust area.
The programme is available to adults over 55 years of age who have a fear of falling; feel unstable; have a history of falls (with or without injury); have osteoporosis; or participate in limited or no physical activity.
STEPS focuses on increasing and improving physical activity levels; teaching the knowledge skills to assist with improving balance and leg muscle strength and movement, control and posture.
Brian Serplus, Head of Residential and Day Care Services for Older People’s Services in Northern Trust, said: “Physical activity is now accepted as a major contributor to good health throughout life. It also has a crucial role in both preventing and managing many conditions that are associated with old age.
“A significant proportion of disability associated with old age is a result of disuse not disease. In other words, ‘if you do not use it, you lose it’. This emphasises the need for our older population to maintain and/or improve their muscle strength and balance.”
If you are interested in taking part in the STEPS programme please contact Mr John Logan, Manager, Antrim Day Centre, Station Road, Antrim 028 9441 6515.