Strength and Balance classes under red and orange light settings: All classes are on under the red and orange light settings with social distancing in place, hand sanitising on arrival and exit and mask-wearing into the facility. Some providers may retain the vaccine pass system so please check beforehand. We strongly advise you and your whānau get boosted.
It is always advised to call ahead and check with the facility and/or instructor if there are any changes to
class as Covid-19 may cause cancellations.
Age Concern Auckland is the lead agency for Community Strength and Balance classes across Counties Manukau. Our role is to coordinate and grow access to classes offered in Counties Manukau.
It is proven that people 65+ years can significantly reduce their risk of falling by doing regular specific exercises that build the strength and balance of their legs and core (stomach, lower back, and hips). Strength and Balance classes are led by instructors trained to assist people 65 years and older in the correct exercises to build strength and balance and help older people improve their balance, leg strength, flexibility, general fitness and well-being.
All our classes meet the Live Stronger for Longer nine clinical assessment criteria for community group strength and balance, or in-home exercise strength and balance programmes.
Each year across New Zealand, 1 in 3 people aged 65 and over will fall. For people aged 80 and over, the risk increases to 1 in every 2 people. A fall can reduce an older person’s confidence, independence and general wellbeing.
You may be at risk of falling if:
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If you are at risk, there are things you can do to help!
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Three levels of classes are offered and we will work to ensure that you are placed in a class suited to your mobility and ability:
“I have had many falls, due to lack of balance and wasting of, muscles. Since I have been attending these classes I am slowly increasing strength in my muscles. I am also learning to take more care, and have increased my awareness of how to save myself from falling and how best to get myself up if I do fall. The exercises we do at chair yoga are smooth and comfortable and the chair means we can feel safe.”
Watch our short video about our Community Strength and Balance Classes and how they can benefit you.
Listen to our Community Strength and Balance Coordinator, Bethan Collings talk live on PMN Tonga about the value of Community Strength and
If you are an exercise provider who would like to become accredited to provide Community Strength and Balance classes, please click the link
below for more information.