Funding to help seniors exercise

The Roche Park Recreation Centre has received state government funding for the introduction of the Live Longer Live Stronger program.
The Roche Park Recreation Centre has received state government funding for the introduction of the Live Longer Live Stronger program.

The Roche Park Recreation Centre will be hoping to show that age is no barrier when it introduces the Living Longer Living Stronger program.

The centre recently received state government funding to introduce the program, which is targetted towards seniors with chronic health conditions.

Roche Park Recreation Centre fitness coordinator Terresa Briggs said it was important for older people to their fitness, strength and balance. 

“There is a perception in our society that seniors can’t do an exercise class or participate in sports, especially those with health conditions,” she said. 

“I want to encourage older people that they absolutely can!”

The program will see fully trained instructors creating personalised exercise programs for individuals over the age of 50 in partnership with their GP, based on their medical and prescription history.

Roche Park Recreation Centre manager Tammy Johnson said that the program has proven successful in other towns around Western Australia and the centre’s staff are very excited to be able to introduce the program to Collie.

“The Living Longer Living Stronger program can be adjusted to suit individual fitness levels and health needs, such as arthritis, diabetes, bone density and cardiovascular diseases,” she said. 

“The program is also great for improving overall functional strength, balance and cognitive function.”

The Living Longer Living Stronger program will start Tuesday, February 13 and is open to anyone over the age of 50 who has received a referral and assessment from their doctor.

The program will run each Tuesday and Thursday at 8am and 10.30am, which sessions costing $5 each.

Anyone interested in more information about the program should contact Roche Park Recreation Centre on 9734 4388 for further details.