Supporting seniors through television

Uniting AgeWell has teamed up with Channel 31 for a new series of exercise program Move It Or Lose It, as part of its commitment to enabling all people to age well.

The popular community television program aims to support older people to live well at home through daily exercise programs.

Uniting AgeWell sponsored the new series and produced four episodes featuring real clients, filmed at its Noble Park AgeWell Centre.

The episodes – focusing on exercise in the home, strong bones, falls prevention, and a fun episode of Bollywood dancing – include exercises specifically for older people.

Client Di Fry said she was happy to be part of a television series that inspired older people to get active.

“It was quite interesting, watching people at work with the lighting and the sound,” she said.

The 83-year-old attends the Hawthorn AgeWell Centre three days a week and keeps going because of the great atmosphere, friendly people and the results.

“I’ve had osteoporosis for many years and since doing the strong bones classes, my bone density has improved so much that I don’t need regular injections anymore,” she said.

Regional Manager AgeWell Centres Melbourne, Amanda Mehegan said producing four unique Move It Or Lose It episodes enabled Uniting AgeWell to showcase the diverse range of services offered at its AgeWell Centres, and help support the broader community to live well.

“Our Allied Health Centres are welcoming spaces where people receive services to regain or maintain their wellbeing through goal-oriented programs tailored to each individual’s needs,” she said.

We offer a broad range of services, including allied health therapies such as physiotherapy, podiatry and massage, exercise groups including Tai Chi, yoga, stretch classes and pilates, as well as senior-specific gyms and social support.