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Dance class with a difference for over 50s to launch in Solihull

Published on 11 March 2024 03:24 PM

A pioneering falls-prevention dance programme is soon to start in Solihull.

Dance to Health is a programme that integrates well-evidenced falls-prevention programmes used by postural stability instructors in the NHS (FaME and Otago), with creative and fun dance classes.

Falls among older adults are a significant concern. Around a third of people over 65 will experience a fall each year. This can result in serious injuries, reduced confidence in daily activities, and social isolation. Fall-related fractures alone cost the system a staggering £4.4 billion annually.

Dance to Health has been proven to reduce falls by an impressive 58%. Participants experience significantly fewer and less impactful falls compared to those who do not engage in such interventions.

One of the key findings of the programme is its impact on hospital admissions following a fall. While the likelihood of becoming an in-patient after visiting A&E due to a fall is typically 35% for older adults, Dance to Health participants experience a significantly lower rate of 13%.

Anyone over 50 can express an interest in joining the classes, which will take place every Tuesday 1.30-3.30pm at Solihull United Reform Church, starting on Tuesday 16 April.

Jodie Stus from Dance to Health says, "We are excited to launch our programme of dance classes in Solihull. By combining evidence-led techniques with the joy of creative dance, we are not only reducing the risk of falls but also enhancing the overall wellbeing of our participants."

Age UK Solihull is working in partnership with Dance to Health to spread the word about the programme. Our Head of Services, Bernice Jones, says, “We are pleased to be partnering with Dance to Health to raise awareness of this new programme. Together, we are empowering older adults to take proactive steps towards improving their health and preventing falls, enabling them to live fuller, more active lives."

To find out more about how to sign up to the programme, email or call 07470 799 540 or visit their website.