Many of the people I spoke to on Falls Awareness Day emphasised prevention, independence and the importance of regular exercise in helping to maintain mobility. We saw a couple of exercise classes for older people in action on the day. Firstly Joanna Payne and her helpers gathered a group of volunteers from Guildford High Street into the Guildhall. Here they are grooving to Simon & Garfunkel. Joanna leads classes across Waverley Borough (Farnham, Godalming and Haslemere) and can be contacted on 01252 718089.
At the end of the day and when we were probably too tired to know better, Penny and I joined in another class provided in conjunction with Elmbridge Council at the Claygate Centre. This is a new class which will run every Tuesday from 2.15pm – 3.15pm at the Centre. To register or to find out more information please call Liz Patroe on 01372 227300.
Yes, we fully took part in the class ourselves too – there’s some photographic evidence of it on the Surrey PCT photostream. Some of the photos might make it look a bit strenuous but you shouldn’t let that put you off – everyone who warmed up and down properly had no problem doing these exercises, it was only the younger, cockier ones (well, me actually) that could hardly walk the next day.