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WILMA Women's Health Centre's Fit, Fun and Fab for Over 50's program is a big hit.

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ALL SMILES: WILMA Women's Health Centre's Fit, Fun and Fab for Over 50s program is a big hit!

ALL SMILES: WILMA Women's Health Centre's Fit, Fun and Fab for Over 50s program is a big hit!

WILMA Women's Health Centre is showing ladies in the Campbelltown area that it's never too late to be fit, fun and fabulous.

The centre is using a $10,654 grant from the state government to fund its new Fit, Fun and Fab for Over 50s program.

The free program is designed especially for seniors living with mobility issues, disability, chronic disease or mental illness.

It consists of 60-minute classes combining seated and standing movement sequences which incorporate chair yoga, tai chi, zumba gold, relaxation and breathing techniques, and gentle weight training exercises.

The exercise sessions are followed by another 60 minutes where participants are able to socialise, ask questions and enjoy tea, coffee and biscuits.

The 12-month program will run in eight-week blocks and targets three priority groups:

  • Seniors from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds;
  • Seniors living with disability, dementia, chronic disease or mental illness;
  • Seniors who are members of the LGBTIQA+ community

WILMA manager Michelle Mays said the program was about much more than just physical exercise.

"We have a lot of members of that ageing demographic who come into our centre and are quite isolated," she said.

"The exercise is also really important as you're ageing for increasing strength and mobility, and for fall prevention."

Chair yoga and senior exercise group facilitator Jodie Skandalis said it was extremely rewarding seeing group members having such a good time.

"There's a lot of laughter in the group, which is lovely to see," she said.

"A lot of them [group members] have made friends, and now they go out to the theatre or have lunch together.

"It's a mixed group - I've got people in wheelchairs, a lot of people with mobility issues, some of them are suffering with mental health issues, some are suffering with loneliness.

"Many of them have lost their husbands and are looking for friendships, and many of them have retired."

Classes are held at 9.30am each Thursday in a rented hall in the area. Jodie says there is still plenty of room in the group and new members are always welcome.

WILMA would love to secure more grant funding to help extend the program beyond this year. If that is not secured, the centre hopes to keep running the classes in 2023, but may have to charge a small fee.

For details, including class locations, call 02 4627 2955 or email wilma@wilma.org.au

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