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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! 

NEW: Register now for our new online classes - click here to get started 

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

Which physical activity program is for you?

Tai Chi

Care for your body and mind by participating in Tai Chi for Health. Tai chi: 

  • is proven to reduce falls
  • can increase your balance
  • can improve your flexibility.

Gentle Exercise

Get your whole body moving in these classes. You can stand or use a chair to do these exercises. Enjoy whole body benefits of:   

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

Aqua Exercise

A fun way to keep cool and continue with exercise in the warmer weather. Work on your strength, balance and endurance while the water supports your joints. Remember:

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

Online classes

Get active from the comfort of your own home or office. Tai Chi and Gentle Exercise classes are live-streamed daily via zoom. Classes run during school terms only.

  • Classes are free
  • No need to leave your home or office
  • You will need a computer, laptop or tablet with an internet connection and camera.
  • No other equipment needed

Register here to receive the weekly timetable via email. 

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 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 7 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.
  5. For online classes only, register to receive the weekly timetable by clicking here.

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?

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.  

We are particularly interested in hearing from people who would like to lead aqua exercise classes in their community.

To express your interest for this training contact us on mlhd-exercise@health.nsw.gov.au or 0409 781 326.

Project evaluation snapshots

We have summarised a range of projects that have supported aspects of Active Ageing programs through these evaluation snapshots. Read these to get an understanding of the projects and if you have any questions get in touch with us at mlhd-hp@health.nsw.gov.au 

Staying active in the home

We encourage you to remain active, eat healthy and stay socially connected (using phone and online options) in these challenging times. These will help you to remain fit, healthy and resilient. Use the following resources as a guide: 

NSW Falls Prevention Network 

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 a coronavirus mental wellbeing support service and a range of helpful resources. Visit their website for more information. The Federal government also has a great website for further information: headtohealth.gov.au/covid-19-support/covid-19 

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: 06 April 2022
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