Keeping older people healthy

The hub includes two exercise programs for seniors

Older Central Coast adults can now learn about healthy eating, getting active and falls prevention from the comfort of their own home thanks to a free new online learning platform.

NSW Health’s Healthy Ageing Online Learning hub includes eight modules with quizzes, two exercise programs designed for beginners with videos so you can follow along at home, fact sheets with helpful tips and information, and an exercise manual and logbook with images and easy-to-follow instructions.

The platform is free to use and you do not need to register or log in, making it easier for more people to access the content at times that suit them.

Central Coast Local Health District health promotion officer Samantha Hingerty said it was important to keep body and mind active to reduce the risk of chronic disease.

“Having free and easy access to a platform like Healthy Ageing Online Learning is fantastic because it gives people an opportunity to learn about small changes they can make to improve their health and wellbeing,” she said.

“Being physically active helps reduce our risk of chronic diseases and helps us maintain our strength and balance.

“It’s also important to keep our minds active too, as this can help reduce or delay the onset of dementia.

“With its exercise programs and interactive modules, the Healthy Ageing Online Learning is a great platform to keep adults and older adults active and healthy.”

Healthy Ageing Online Learning is a new feature on the Active and Healthy website, which contains a user-friendly directory of physical activity and falls prevention programs for adults aged 50 years and over, where users can search for programs and groups on the Central Coast.

The site provides evidence-based information about exercise, health, making your home environment safe, what to do if you do have a fall, and home and lifestyle checklists to help you reduce your risk.

Visit the Healthy Ageing Online Learning hub here: www.activeandhealthy.nsw.gov.au/active-living/healthy-ageing-online-learning

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