“We are finding the class very useful. The exercises are helping us get out and we are feeling brighter”
“You have helped me so much. I can now do so much more”
“I have managed a lot of walking at National Trust properties recently, being able to stay on my feet longer and with less pain since coming to the classes”
“I can now get down on the floor and play with my grandchildren which gives me a lot of pleasure”
“I danced on Saturday for the first time in years. It’s all thanks to you. I’ve got much more confidence thanks to the classes”
“Should you be invited to join the exercise class do not hesitate, a very warm welcome awaits you”
“I have loved every minute of it and my husband doesn’t hurt his back picking me up because I can get myself off the floor”
“I have managed to walk in to the village for the first time in 3 years”
If you have fallen or have a fear of falling, how can we help?
Good Neighbours run specialist evidence based Postural Stability Falls Prevention exercise classes. We have been delivering these classes since 2008 in Tunbridge Wells, and more recently in Tonbridge as well.
Our aim is to help you stay active and independent.
We also offer our Fit & Fun classes for the more able older adult who wants to stay active and independent.
Our Postural Stability programme is a community evidence based exercise class run by specialist Later Life trained Instructors to improve balance and reduce falls.
This programme of exercise is proven to reduce the risk of falling by:
- Improving balance and co-ordination
- improving muscle strength
- Increasing confidence
- Improving posture and core stability
The exercises last for an hour, with a gradual progression over 36 weeks. It is a programme that can be tailored specifically to an individual and everyone is expected to work at their own pace. Our qualified Later Life Instructor monitors progress and tailors an individual programme for a wide range of abilities and levels.
The evidence based programme builds strength and confidence in a supportive relaxed atmosphere.
The exercises are targeted at specific muscle groups and improve core stability and posture.
Bone health is improved by improving strength and through targeted bone loading exercises.
Balance is improved by exercises that challenge you in standing and whilst moving. Along with increasing lower limb strength this will progressively lead to increased confidence.
Our Instructors will also give you education regarding general health and strategies to help reduce falls.
We will provide an exercise booklet of exercises to do at home to get the best results from the programme.
By teaching you how to get up from the floor the fear of falling is reduced. We will progress to doing exercises to improve strength on the floor once you are confident with this.
Regularly meeting with others develops friendships and helps reduce social isolation as you feel more confident about getting out and about.
Fit & Fun
These exercise classes are open to able older adults as well as those successfully completing the PS programme. Our aim is to keep you active and maintain your independence.
The Fit & Fun class exercises help to prevent falls by increasing strength and improving balance in a relaxed atmosphere.
These classes are held in Tunbridge Wells and Tonbridge.
1 in 3 people over 65 and 1 in 2 people over 80, fall at least once a year.
5% of falls result in a fracture.
50% of those who fall will do so again within 12 months.
The Postural Stability programme has been developed based on independent research to reduce falls and injuries.
As we age the loss of muscle tone and decreasing bone mass, poor balance and flexibility lead to a reduction in physical activity which increases the risk of falls.
Evidence shows that attending a Postural Stability programme can reduce falls by 54%.
The chief medical officer recommends older adults should do strength exercises on two or more days a week. Older adults at risk of falls should do exercises to improve balance and co-ordination on at least two days a week.
Our Postural Stability classes minimise the above.
Later Life Training website is a good source of information.
How Do I Join?
For more information please complete the contact form below or ring Good Neighbours on 01892 510200.
Referrals can be made by your GP, other health professional or by self-referral with permission to exercise given by your GP.