Falls Prevention - Age UK, Barking, Havering & Redbridge

We are pleased to offer a number of strength and balance classes across all three boroughs. Face to face classes include chair based exercise, Tai Chi and Nordic Walking. We also offer chair based exercise classes online. However spaces are very limited as classes are being booked up quickly. For further details on these, please see our on line activities page. 

We work with older people and community groups across all three boroughs to reduce falls resulting in serious injury.

The facts
Falls are the biggest cause of accidents in the home and one in three people over the age of 65 fall each year. This increases to one in two for people aged over 80. The good news is that falls are not an inevitable part of ageing and many can be prevented. Taking action to improve your balance and making your environment safer can reduce the chances of a fall, or at least, the long term impact of a fall.

What are we doing?

We are working with older people and community groups to reduce the number of falls that result in serious injury and to help older people to continue to live independently
We provide information sessions and literature on what individuals can do to improve their balance as well as organising information events
We are increasing the opportunities for exercise in the borough
We provide training for professionals who work with older people.
We provide home hazard assessments.
One of our chair based exercise group members has this to say about the exercise class: " I suffered from lower back and hip pain and my yoga class wasn't really helping. I joined the Age UK Chair Exercise class based at Ilford library. I went along, continued and now I can walk without having to stop here and there to regain my composure. The fee is reasonable, the tutor very helpful and she concentrates on individual needs.

There is plenty of humour as we laugh at our mistakes and because the atmosphere is congenial, you don't feel embarassed by doing so. The group is mixed gender. Why not come along and join us?"

Service access criteria: Over 60's resident of Barking & Dagenham, Redbridge or Havering
Exercise and fitness classes
Getting active
Healthy lifestyle
Services for older people
Additional needs catered for:
Key words - separate with a comma: Exercise, risk of falls, falls prevention, older people