Dishing out some extra support

NSW Meals on Wheels Central Coast seniors receive extra support

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HELPING HANDS: Niki Kajons and Dennis Taylor with some of the resources that will go out to Meals on Wheels customers.

HELPING HANDS: Niki Kajons and Dennis Taylor with some of the resources that will go out to Meals on Wheels customers.

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Older adults on the Central Coast are receiving extra support to stay active, healthy and live independently.

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Older adults on the Central Coast will soon receive extra support to stay active, healthy and live independently.

It's all thanks to a partnership between Central Coast Local Health District and Meals on Wheels Central Coast.

The partnership will see more than 750 residential Meals on Wheels Central Coast customers and its National Disability Insurance Scheme clients receive advice and resources on things like simple exercises to do in the home, how to make the home safe, how to improve strength and balance and reduce the risk of falls.

The resources, developed by Central Coast Local Health District's Health Promotion Service, will be delivered to people aged 65 and over and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 50 and over as they receive their meals.

Health Promotion and Population Health Improvement director Niki Kajons said the partnership can help support a healthy and independent older population.

"We are so pleased to be able to offer free resources to our older population through this partnership with Meals on Wheels Central Coast," she said.

"Staying active as we grow older is so important. It helps prevent our muscles getting weaker and improves balance to reduce our risk of trips and falls. It's also great for our mental health too.

"The resources will arm Meals on Wheels customers with practical advice as well as signpost further support that can help them stay as active and healthy as possible."

Meals on Wheels Central Coast is a non-profit organisation that provides a convenient meal delivery and social support service to the local community. It caters to elderly and frail people as well younger people with a disability and their carers living at home.

Chief executive Dennis Taylor welcomed the move.

"The health and wellbeing of our clients is of paramount importance to us, and we are grateful for the support of Central Coast Local Health District," he said.

"The information provided by them will assist our clients to stay healthy and independent in their own homes for longer."

Phone 02-4320-9700 for more information.

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