25th April 2019

You’re never too old to put a spring in your step, so why not get active this Easter?

Growing older doesn’t have to be all slippers and crossword puzzles, so why not ditch the Easter eggs and chocolates and get active this Easter instead?

Research shows that regular physical activity boosts people’s physical and mental health and keeps older people mobile and independent. A range of activities designed to help older people get active are available across Somerset to join right now, including Stay Strong Stay Steady classes.

Stay Strong Stay Steady classes, a joint venture between Somerset County Council Public Health Team and Age UK Somerset are especially for those who might feel less steady than they used to. The classes are designed to help reduce falls and improve balance, strength and confidence, all of which are invaluable in helping people live independently as they age. The classes are also a great place to meet others and share experiences.

The Stay Strong Stay Steady classes have already had some really positive feedback from people who have been taking part.

Margaret, aged 79, said: “My balance is improving, and the class is really good.” whilst Tom, age 83, said: “While it is only four weeks since starting, I have noticed a difference in my confidence, such that I now ‘slide out’ in my walking, which has been rubbish for many years – I have a dream to take up line dancing!”

If you can’t get to a group or they are not for you, information about many other activities and classes across Somerset is available online; everything from walks to Tai Chi to seated yoga. To find out more go to the Age UK Somerset and Somerset Activity Sports Partnership’s (SASP) websites.

Trudi Grant, Director of Public Health at Somerset County Council said: “Joining a group like Stay Strong, Stay Steady can be a great way for older people to make new friends as well as improving balance and confidence and reducing the risk of a fall, so why not join in? As a county with a dynamic and substantial older population we want to support everyone to be active throughout their life.”

Stay Strong, Stay Steady sessions, led by qualified instructors, take place at venues across the whole of Somerset. For more information, check out https://www.ageuk.org.uk/somerset/our-services/ageing-well-exercise-sessions/stay-strong-stay-steady/

Further information about other activities and classes in your area can be found by visiting the Age UK Somerset websitehttps://www.ageuk.org.uk/somerset/ or the Somerset Activity & Sports Partnership (SASP) website www.sasp.co.uk