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The Otago program is designed to help reduce the risk a fall which could lead to an injury in later life. Many people think there is nothing the can do about getting less mobile in older age but regular gentle exercise can make a big difference.

All About Falls

Are you concerned about falling, or have you fallen recently?  Falls are such  common events for older people, often with such severe consequences, but it’s easy to think that it won’t happen to you, or to assume there’s nothing you can do about  it.  But around 30% of adults over 65 living at home will experience one fall a year (around 2.5 million people in England) - rising to 50% of adults over 80 living in their home or residential care.

The Otago Programme

The Otago programme has been clinically trialled at OTAGO University Medical School, New Zealand and has demonstrated that the likelihood of falls can be reduced by up to 46%; and  of those that do fall, the likelihood of injuries can be reduced by a third.

The exercises  are low-impact, and suitable for all abilities and ages. Most people will notice a rapid improvement in their confidence, balance and stability, especially if they practice at home.

Otago at Age UK

Dorchester classes:
Tuesday 10am to 11am and 1.30pm to 2.30pm
Thursday 10am to 11am, 11.15am to 12.15pm, and 2pm to 3pm
Age UK Dorchester
Rowan Cottage
4 Prince of Wales Road
Dorchester DT1 1PW
Weymouth class:
Friday mornings 10.45am—11.45am
Weymouth Community  Fire Station
Radipole Lane
Weymouth DT4 0QF
Call us on 01305 269444 for more details or to book your place. Classes cost £5 per session. The Dorchester classes are run by Chantal Sykes and the Weymouth class by Jess Dadd.

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