As the Build Your Balance campaign wraps up, so too does the Build Your Balance grants program. The three successful grant recipients were provided $5,000 to deliver a balance-focused falls prevention activity to older adults living in the community during the campaign months of September to November 2015.
The City of Albany, a recipient of a Build Your Balance grant have had a lot of success in delivering ‘Easy Movers’ a 12 week balance and strengthening exercise program run at the local leisure and aquatic centre.
Easy Movers involved a qualified exercise physiologist training peer (older adult) exercise volunteers who deliver balance and strengthening exercise sessions to older adults in the City of Albany community, for free or at a low cost.
The trained volunteers then assist and supervise participants of the program with the program’s balance and strengthening exercises, which were also developed by exercise physiologists.
The program has been a great success thus far, with over 30 older adults registering for the Easy Movers program and attending the class each week. Due to a small delay commencing the program, Easy Movers will continue to run until mid-January. Staff at the City of Albany are hoping the program will be able to be delivered long-term at the centre and continue to help older adults to stay on their feet.
Participants improving their balance at Easy Movers.
The three successful applicants of the Make Your Home Safer $5,000 grants will be announced Monday 14 December. Stage 1 short-listed applicants are currently receiving coaching from the Stay On Your Feet team to assist them complete their stage 2 application. The recipient’s activities will be delivered during the Make Your Home Safer campaign from 1 February to April 30.