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Published: 20th Jan, 2020
A programme to help to reduce the risk of falling has supported around 350 older people across Shropshire.
Shropshire RCC held the Functional Fitness MOTs to also encourage attendees – aged between 65 and 95 – to become or stay physically active.
Activities included one-to-one fitness tests measuring strength, balance, flexibility and stamina. There was also information on how to reduce the risk of falling - with a demonstration of how to get up from the floor after a fall – plus a free taster exercise class at most events.
One of the attendees, Ann from South Shropshire, said: “The event was a bit of an eye-opener to me. I'd had a couple of falls which made me realise I couldn't get up and maybe I wasn't coping after all.
“I'm so thankful to your group. I feel much more positive about being able to cope on my own now.”
Functional Fitness MOTs were commissioned by Shropshire Public Health and supported by Shropshire Council. The events were delivered in partnership with Energize Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin and co-ordinated with a programme of new Elevate classes.
Elevate classes teach exercises which are specifically designed to improve strength and balance and reduce the risk of falling. Over 50 attendees were referred to the Energize Elevate classes to continue to build their strength.
Since attending, Anne has joined has joined Strength & Balance and Chair Yoga in her area. She added: “I feel much more positive now that I do the classes and I’m so glad I went. I've also encouraged a friend in her 90s so she has joined the class too!”
For further information about future Functional Fitness MOT events, please contact Susie Hancock on email@example.com or phone 01743 342160.