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HSE Physiotherapy Exercise Classes for Older Adults

Age Friendly Ireland

Age Friendly Cavan

Programme: Cavan

WHO Theme: Community Support And Health Services

Health & Wellbeing Theme: Physical Activity

Funding Stream: Provided through the HSE

Resources Required: Paid Staff, No cost as the service is provided through the HSE Physiotherapy Section.

Cost: 0-500


Twice weekly gentle exercise classes provided by a Physiotherapist within the HSE to older adults over zoom. These gentle exercise classes run every Tuesday and Thursday mornings on a weekly basis, provided by a Physiotherapist within the HSE to older adults over zoom. They commenced in 2020 shortly after the pandemic hit and have been ongoing since. There is great engagement amongst the community with up to 65 people attending on a weekly basis.

Aim of Initiative

Older adults

Who is it aimed at

Older adults

Steps critical to success

  1. Engagement from older people
  2. Willingness of the HSE Physiotherapist to provide the session as they can be extremally busy.
  3. Publication to ensure the public know of the classes

Challenges in Planning / Delivery

  1. IT Literacy levels amongst older adults to access the classes
  2. Broadband quality

Outcomes / Benefits

  1. Physical health benefits for older people
  2. Mental health benefits for older people
  3. Easier for older people to engage with the HSE Physiotherapist. i.e. better access to this service, can access it from their homes and is totally free.

Evaluation / Report:

Deirdre Donnelly, Cavan County Council,