Research shows that regular exercise can help manage a range of health conditions, assist in preventing falls and provide social benefits for older adults. However, exercise programs that cater for this group are limited and often costly.
A range of suitable and affordable physical activities are needed so that older adults, as well as those from other disadvantaged groups, can achieve the level of physical activity needed to stay healthy.
What we are doing
Established by the Health Promotion Service in partnership with South Eastern Sydney Illawarra Area Health Service (SESIAHS) more than 25 years ago, SHARE classes include:
• Aqua fitness
The programs are available at a number of locations in the inner west and southern Sydney suburbs.
SHARE also provides and tailors classes to suit the needs of community groups and develops programs in partnership with organisations such as local councils and licensed clubs.
The Health Promotion Service is represented on the SHARE management committee. The committee, which also includes fitness leader and participant representatives, oversees and supports implementation of the SHARE program to ensure it provides high quality classes that are suitable for older adults.
Approximately 1000 people exercise with SHARE each week.
SHARE publishes an annual report, which is presented every year at the annual general meeting. It provides an overview of SHARE’s programs and services plus president’s report, general manager’s and financial reports.
Partners and funding
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