Friendships forged through group exercise

An initiative led by Churches of Christ Care Sunshine Coast Community Care team, with the support of Allied Connect, is engaging clients in a wellbeing program in the seniors’ gym at Little Mountain Aged Care Service. Dubbed by clients as ‘Staying Alive’, the pilot program is aimed at improving the health and wellbeing of older people in a fun and social way. In addition to its physical element, participants are improving their social wellbeing by enjoying a light morning tea following the class.

Fun and vibrant exercise program

Sunshine Coast Service Coordinator, Danny Oliver said the program aims to encourage movement, coordination and improve mobility through a fun and vibrant exercise program.

“We are able to provide clients with access to state-of-the-art equipment and design a comprehensive program to support education about falls prevention, physical care, nutrition and health, and provide podiatry support,” Danny said.

Positive Wellbeing Model of Care

The program embodies the Positive Wellbeing Model of Care which focuses on improving quality of life to support physical health, social relationships, including psychological and spiritual wellbeing.

“Some older people face unique challenges including the management of chronic pain, staying active and socially connected. We are offering an opportunity for our clients to connect with us and one another,” Danny said.

Weekly exercise program

The weekly exercise program runs from four to eight weeks and commences as a 30-minute education session, followed by a 30-minute group exercise class facilitated by a registered physiotherapist.

Throughout their fitness journey, participants have recognised an increase in energy and self-confidence and have achieved a sense of purpose.

“It’s become a community here,” Danny said, “This is something they look forward to every week, and provides them with a place to socialise and engage with others from all over the Sunshine Coast.”

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Posted August 23, 2019 in Networking blog