Live Stronger for Longer: Strength & Balance
Whanganui DHB is part of an exciting new project which is looking at creating access to approved community-based group strength and balance classes for older adults across the Whanganui, Rangitikei, Waimarino and Taihape areas. This is part of a nationwide initiative to reduce falls and fractures and support older people to ‘live stronger for longer’.
If you are unable to access the community, please click here for information about the In-Home Falls Prevention Service.
We’ve made it easy for you to find a community-based group strength and balance class that’s right for you.
Look for our quality ‘tick’
Only exercise providers who meet the nine clinical assessment criteria for community-based strength and balance classes will be eligible to use the ACC quality ‘tick’.
So look out for the tick when selecting a class to know that it meets nationally agreed standards.
For a list of our accredited community strength and balance classes, please click here.
Strength & balance classes Frequently Asked Questions
Where are the classes?
Strength and balance classes are going to be set up all around the Whanganui, Rangitikei, Waimarino and Taihape area. Details of classes can be found at www.livestronger.org.nz, Whanganui District Health Board's website www.wdhb.org.nz or the related service provider links below.
How much will it cost?
The cost of the class will depend on who is taking it and where it is being held. As a general guide most classes will cost $3 - $10. See class details below for more information.
What will the classes involve?
Classes will be developed to suit a range of abilities and ages – so whether you are 65 or 95 you will benefit from attending. As well as including a range of exercises that will help improve your strength and balance, the classes could also include some gentle exercise to music, exercises to help your core strength, fun activities to improve your balance, and stretches to help with your flexibility.
Will I have to wear lycra or special clothing?
No, unless you want to of course! Comfortable clothes that you can move in, and flat, comfortable shoes is the only pre-requisite.
Will I keep up?
The instructor will be able to adapt the exercises to make them easier or harder to suit the participant – so yes, you will be able to keep up! Although these classes may make you breathe a little harder, they won’t involve any exercises that could do you harm.
Who can attend a class?
Anyone over the age of 60 years who wants to maintain or regain strength and balance.