Exercise and Falls Prevention Classes Thriving

In June 2014, the Durham North Zone Partnership launched a series of community-based Exercise Classes and Falls Prevention Classes in Beaverton for residents of Brock Township and surrounding areas.  These classes, ideal for individuals who can benefit from a series of strengthening, mobility and balancing services, have been very popular.  All classes are being held in community facilities.

The Exercise Classes take place twice weekly, for a 48 week period, and are a combination of strengthening and mobility training opportunities.  The classes are held from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. on Mondays and Thursdays and are led by an exercise instructor.

The Falls Prevention Classes are strengthening and balancing training opportunities, and take place twice weekly, for a 12 week period.  These classes are led by a physiotherapist assistant supported by a physiotherapist.

As of the end of December 2014, there have been 339 participants in the Exercise Classes and 490 participants in the Falls Prevention Classes.  When each series of classes has been completed, new classes have commenced in Cannington and, subsequently, in Sunderland.

In September 2014, a new 12 week series of community-based Falls Prevention Maintenance Classes began in Beaverton to complement the Falls Prevention Classes.  These classes have focused on strengthening and balancing programs that aim to increase muscle strength and body tone to prevent falls and increase stability.   The program, which operates for an hour each Monday and Thursday, is led by a physiotherapy assistant and supported by a physiotherapist.  By the end of December 2014, there were 325 participants in the Falls Prevention Maintenance Classes.

The above classes are consistent with the goals of reports and policies that have emerged over the past four years, including:  “Integrated Provincial Falls Prevention Project”; “Ontario’s Action Plan for Health Care”; “Living Longer, Living Well”; and the Ontario government’s changes to physiotherapy services.

Brock Community Health Centre is providing the coordination of these classes on behalf of the Durham North Zone Partnership.  Community Care Durham is responsible for contracting with the instructors and has provided volunteer transportation assistance to some participants.  The Central East Local Health Integration Network (Central East LHIN) is providing funding for this new service.

The Durham North Zone Partnership is a strategic alliance between Brock Community Health Centre, Community Care Durham, VON for Canada (Ontario Branch, Durham Region Site) and the Regional Municipality of Durham, Social Services Department (Long-Term Care and Services for Seniors).

Participants in the Exercise, Falls Prevention and Fall Prevention Maintenance Classes have commented:

For more information, or to register, contact Jennifer Josephson, Seniors and Community Health Worker, at Brock Community Health Centre (705 432 3322).