New partnership to help elderly stay healthy

Niki Kajons from Central Coast Local Health District and Meals on Wheels Central Coast CEO Dennis Taylor with some of the resources

Older adults will soon receive extra support to stay active and healthy, and live independently, thanks to a partnership between Central Coast Local Health District (CCLHD) and Meals on Wheels Central Coast.

The partnership will see more than 750 residential Meals on Wheels Central Coast customers, as well as its National Disability Insurance Scheme clients on the Coast, receive advice and resources on simple exercises to do in the home, how to make the home safe, and how to improve strength and balance and reduce the risk of falls.

The resources have been developed by Central Coast Local Health District’s Health Promotion Service. They will be delivered to adults aged 65 and over, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 50 and over, at the same time they receive their meals.

CCLHD Director of Health Promotion and Population Health Improvement, Niki Kajons, said the partnership would help support a healthy and independent older population.

“We are so pleased to be able to offer free resources to our older population through this partnership with Meals on Wheels Central Coast,” Kajons said.

“Staying active as we grow older is so important. It helps prevent our muscles getting weaker and improves balance to reduce our risk of trips and falls.

“It’s also great for our mental health.”

Kajons said the resources will give Meals on Wheels customers practical advice and signpost further support.

Meals on Wheels Central Coast CEO, Dennis Taylor, welcomed the partnership.

“The health and wellbeing of our clients is of paramount importance to us, and we are grateful for the support of Central Coast Local Health District,” he said.

“The information provided by them will assist our clients to stay healthy and independent in their own homes for longer.”

For more information on resources to support older adults, contact the Central Coast Health Promotion Service on 4320 9700.

Media release, Apr 7
Central Coast Local Health District