A new Prevention of Falls scheme has been established in Tywyn which will give older people the opportunity to improve their strength and balance, to prevent falls and fractures and to live independently in their own homes and communities for as long as possible.
The scheme – which is a joint venture between Gwynedd Council, the Welsh Government and the NHS - has been designed to include several different components including flexibility, balance and getting up and off the floor.
Councillor John Wyn Williams, who leads on older people’s matters on Gwynedd Council, said:
“Under the guidance of a senior physiotherapist and an exercise professional, this scheme gives older people the opportunity to become stronger and to improve their balance so they can continue to live independently.
“If the Tywyn Later Life Training pilot scheme is successful, Gwynedd Council is hopeful that similar projects will be rolled out to other parts of the county in the near future.”
Sheila Care of Tywyn attends every week and she’s already seen the benefits of such a scheme. She said: “It’s a very nice crowd and everyone gets on well. I’m enjoying it very much and can get up and down better than before; and lift up my arms and reach up better.”
Jim Brocklehurst of Aberdyfi added: “I like it very much and it’s very beneficial. I can feel muscles all over the place. The instructors are very good too. I recommend it.”
Jean Russell of Tywyn: “I find I can get out of my chair better. I know how to do it correctly. It’s nice to know I can do it without falling flat on my face.”
For more information please contact Emma Quaeck, Gwynedd Council’s Exercise Referral Co-ordinator on 01766 512711.