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Active Ageing

Keeping active as you age is important for good health and preventing falls. Low-cost physical activity programs are running in our local communities every week. Led by trained volunteers these classes are ideal for beginners or people who haven’t been physically active for a long time. 

With over 90 classes running every week there is sure to be a class near you. 

Visit the Active and Healthy Website now to search for your local program.

Which exercise program would you prefer?

Tai Chi

Focus on your body and mind by participating in Tai Chi for Health. Tai Chi is proven to: 

  • reduce falls,
  • increase your balance, and
  • improve your flexibility.

A gold coin donation can be made for each session to cover volunteer costs.

Gentle Exercise

Have fun while moving your body. You can stand or use a chair to do these exercises. Enjoy the following benefits:   

  • improved strength and balance,
  • improved heart and lung health, and
  • greater range of motion in your joints.

A gold coin donation can be made for each session to cover volunteer costs.

Aquatic Exercise

Aqua is a fun way to keep cool and exercise in a safe environment. Work on your strength, balance and endurance while the water supports your joints.

  • Available in the summer months, limited locations available over winter
  • No need to be able to swim
  • Pool admission may be required.

A gold coin donation can be made for each session to cover volunteer costs.

Healthy and Active for Life Online

Healthy and Active for Life Online is a FREE 10-week healthy lifestyle program for adults aged 60 years and over or 45 years and over for Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander people.  Sessions run each school term.

The program will help you learn how to make small, sustainable changes in your lifestyle to improve your health. The program covers lots of topics including healthy eating and physical activity.

No prior knowledge or exercise experience is required!

For more information or to register click here.

Stepping On

A seven-week program, run in your local health facility to help improve strength, balance and confidence to reduce falls. Visit our Stepping On page for more information.

How to get involved?

  1. Visit the Active and Healthy Website to locate your local class.
  2. Download a Participant Registration Form and bring to your first class.
  3. Email mlhd-exercise@health.nsw.gov.au or phone 0409 781 326 for further information.
  4. You will be asked to see your doctor if you have a heart condition, chest pain, dizziness, asthma, uncontrolled diabetes or any other health condition where participation may be unsafe.

Still can’t find what you’re looking for? Get in touch with our team at mlhd-exercise@health.nsw.gov.au 

Training for leaders

Are you interested in becoming a volunteer Physical Activity Leader in your community? All expenses covered.

Contact us if you:

  • are enthusiastic about the wellbeing of your community
  • are prepared to commit to 40 classes per year
  • are comfortable presenting to groups and working with older people
  • are prepared to undertake first aid training every three years.  

If interested, please contact us on mlhd-exercise@health.nsw.gov.au or 0409 781 326.

Project results

We have summarised a range of projects that have supported aspects of Healthy Ageing programs through these evaluation snapshots. For more information, or if you have any questions, please get in touch with us at mlhd-hp@health.nsw.gov.au 

Staying active in the home

To maintain your independence and ability to do everyday activites it is important to remain active, eat healthy and stay socially connected. These will help you to remain fit, healthy and resilient. There is a range of resources available for you below. 

The NSW Falls Prevention Network has a short video of home based exercises you can do safely in your home. 

Staying active and on your feet. 

The 'Staying Active and on your Feet' resource has:

  • home exercices,
  • healthy eating tips,
  • footwear, mobility, eyesight, continence advice 
  • medicine advice 
  • health and lifestyle checklist
  • home safety checklist
  • useful contacts 

Looking after your mental health

Beyond Blue has mental wellbeing support service and a range of helpful resources. Visit their website for more information. 

Adventures of Bruce and Betty

Follow the Adventures of Bruce and Betty with tips on how to stay healthy.  

How to eat well 

How to reduce risk of falls 

How to stay sharp 



Files for PALN leaders

Program registration form

Venue risk assessment

COVID-19 safety checklist

Attendence sheet

Participant information sheet

Participant registration sheet

Last updated: 10 January 2023
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