New website to provide advice about health, wellbeing and exercise to over-65s in Warwickshire - The Rugby Observer

New website to provide advice about health, wellbeing and exercise to over-65s in Warwickshire

Rugby Editorial 7th Feb, 2021   0

A NEW website aims to provide over-65s in Warwickshire with advice about health, wellbeing and exercise.

Warwickshire County Council (WCC), along with its NHS and Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) colleagues, have launched the new ‘microsite’ in response to more residents staying at home during the pandemic, increasing the risk of over-65s being admitted to hospital due to falls and trips.

The Healthy Ageing microsite offers information and advice – such as core strengthening exercises – to help residents remain active and alert during the pandemic.

It is intended as a preventive measure, helping residents who feel unsteady on their feet or are concerned about falling to take action to reduce their risk of a long stay in hospital.

WCC adult social care and health spokesman Coun Les Caborn said the website was a necessary and useful tool for anyone aged 65 or over.

He said: “Warwickshire already has a high number of patients who are admitted to hospital due to a trip or fall. The gentle exercises offered by the website will help strengthen core muscles and when combined with lifestyle advice, will ensure residents stay active and healthy for as long as possible.”

Emily van de Venter of Public Health Warwickshire said: “Making small lifestyle changes, such as keeping hydrated and being a bit more physically active, can make big differences to our health in the short and longer term. It’s great to have such an accessible resource to support our residents to keep healthy and independent.”

Dave Crashley, director of service lead for Coventry and Warwickshire CCGs, said: “On behalf of West Midlands Ambulance Service I would like to offer our sincere thanks to you all for taking the time to access the information via the ‘Healthy Ageing’ Website.

“These simple everyday tips and exercises are extremely effective in preventing falls, increasing confidence and your overall wellbeing which ultimately helps to avoid unnecessary injuries and hospital visits from a significant fall.

“By helping yourself to keep safe within your own home environment, you are also positively helping WMAS and our NHS colleagues continue their invaluable daily work during this current pandemic.”

The website has been designed to be used either by an individual, or with support from a family member or support worker. Visit for more information.

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