An action packed program ahead

A wealth of activities on offer: Louise Tosetti and Rachel Brown (back right) from Neighbourhood Central, are pictured with Monica Lea, Rachel Kerin, along with some keen participants. Photo: Supplied.
A wealth of activities on offer: Louise Tosetti and Rachel Brown (back right) from Neighbourhood Central, are pictured with Monica Lea, Rachel Kerin, along with some keen participants. Photo: Supplied.

While it doesn't always seem like it, there are many advantages to being older. It's the period in life when you have more time for family and friends, travel and hobbies, and other things you've always wanted to do, not to mention you're wiser and more experienced. Well-being is as important in your older years as any other stage of life. People can experience many changes at this time in their life including living arrangements, physical health, brain function, memory loss and more, so it's important to devote the time to looking after yourself.

Let's face it- your body isn't what it used to be. Your twenties, with all of its youth and vigour, seem to be a distant memory. Nights out have been replaced with nights in, and aches and pains are an everyday part of life. You may even feel uneasy as you officially stamp your card for the 70 or 80 plus club. But, there are definitely things you can do to find support, and for older people registered with My Aged Care, Neighbourhood Central has a new program that fits the bill.

The Healthy Lifestyle and Wellness Program is a new initiative for older people living in Parkes, Forbes, Condobolin, Peak Hill, Trundle and Tullamore. This 20 week program will start with an intake day on January 22, and will offer a variety of relaxing and enjoyable activities to increase health and well-being, while maintaining independence and quality of life.

Some of the activities include hydrotherapy, Tai Chi, yoga in a chair, music and singing groups, modified exercise, and information workshops that will increase health awareness and promote falls prevention strategies. All activities are aimed at preventing or delaying entry into the aged care system, keep you living in your home for longer and make you feel good.

It's popular these days for people to say "exercise is for everybody", but people always question if it's true. Can everyone exercise? Even those who due to age, inflexibility, or injury, need to practice from a chair? The answer is - absolutely! Neighbourhood Central understands each person is different, and is able to accommodate all levels of ability. Activities will take place in Parkes and Forbes with sessions held in Condobolin and Peak Hill, and for those living in different areas, transport will be offered to selected events.

The bright faces behind the Healthy Lifestyle and Wellness Program along with the experts at Kerin Physio will conduct an initial screening and intake before people can take part. Registrations close today and there are limited numbers available for each session. If you are over 65, or 50 years or older for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, call Louise on 0409 372 742 or Rachel 0456 800 328 or contact the office on 6862 3757. A $20 registration fee applies and will cover activity costs.

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