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Healthy ageing

Steady steps for later years

Keeping our muscles and bones healthy over our lifetime can help us stay independent and doing the things we love. Keeping moving and focusing on activities that help improve strength and balance help lower risk of falling.

Strength and balance classes

If you or anyone you know has had a fall or is feeling less confident on their feet, there are Wiltshire Falls prevention classes across the County that offer an opportunity to meet new people, get advice from our expert coaches and stay steady on your feet.

To sign-up or for any questions e-mail (opens new window) or call 07799074312.

A self-referral form can be downloaded and filled in before attending the first class, alternatively forms are available from instructors on your first visit.

Falls self-referral form (OpenDocument text format) [913KB] (opens new window)

Falls prevention exercise videos

Easy to follow strength and balance exercises you can do at home are available online or to loan from all Libraries.

YouTube: Falls Prevention: Beginner (opens new window)

YouTube: Falls Prevention: Intermediate (opens new window)

YouTube: Falls Prevention: Advanced (opens new window)

YouTube: Backward chaining (opens new window)

If at any time while doing the exercises you feel unwell, please stop and seek medical advice.

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Staying hydrated keeps our bodies healthy and working properly. Getting enough fluid:

  • keeps skin healthy
  • helps our digestion
  • helps prevent tiredness and confusion
  • helps prevent urinary tract infections

For more information and tips on keeping hydrated can be found within the  Dehydration leaflet (OpenDocument text format) [4MB] (opens new window) .

Further information

NHS Choices: Falls prevention (opens new window)

Age UK Wiltshire (opens new window)

British Dietetic Association (BDA): Spotting and treating malnutrition: Food Fact Sheet (opens new window)

Contact us

Public Health
Wiltshire Council
County Hall
BA14 8JN

Email: (opens new window)

Phone: 0300 003 4566

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