Fitness for Older Adults Program

The Fitness for Older Adults Program (FOAP) delivers strength training and physical activity groups for older adults both in Bendigo and surrounding regional towns.

What we do

The groups are conducted by qualified fitness physiotherapists from the Community Allied Health Services team. 

The purpose of the groups is to reduce the risk of falls, improve balance, general fitness levels and overall health and wellbeing.

The following exercise groups are available to attend:

Exercise to music, strength training, walking groups and Tai Chi.

Attending exercise groups can help you with mobility, flexibility, strength and balance.

Video Resources During COVID-19

Fitness for Older Adults Program (FOAP) delivers physical activity groups for older adults locally in Bendigo and to regional towns.  Maintaining our physical and mental health continues to be a priority despite the current COVID-19 situation.  To ensure continued access to group exercise opportunities, FOAP virtual exercise classes have been arrange to help keep our community active and healthy.  Links to low/moderate and moderate/high classes are available for you to enjoy.

Low - Medium Intensity Chair Based Exercises

Medium - High Intensity Exercise Class

Low Level Seated Class

Chair Based Strength Training Class

Tai Chi

Seated FOAP Class

Moderate-High FOAP Class

*Completing exercises independently at your home brings an element of exercise at your own risk. Please select the most appropriate exercise level for you. Do not exercise if you are feeling unwell and follow up with your GP if necessary*

Locations

Classes are available at the following locations:

Bendigo:

  • Kangaroo Flat
  • Eaglehawk
  • Golden Square
  • White Hills
  • Spring Gully
  • Strathfieldsaye

 Regional:

  • Bridgewater
  • Charlton
  • Donald
  • Wycheproof

What to expect

The Community Allied Health Services physiotherapists and instructors will work with you to understand your goals, strengths, abilities and needs.

How to access this service

  • For people aged 65 years and over, (or 50 years and over for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people) referral is via: www.myagedcare.gov.au
  • For people aged under 65 years (or 50 years and under for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people) referral is via Bendigo Health Referral Centre.
    PH: 03 54547055

Email: [email protected]

Bendigo Hospital

Access via Mercy Street

Location

100 Barnard Street, Bendigo, VIC, 3550

Phone

(03) 5454 6000

How to refer your patient

  • For people aged 65 years and over (or 50 years and over for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people) referral is via: www.myagedcare.gov.au, PH: 1800 200 422
  • For people aged under 65 years (or under 50 years for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people) referral is via Bendigo Health Referral Centre.
    PH: 03 54547055

Email: [email protected]

Bendigo Hospital

Access via Mercy Street

Location

100 Barnard Street, Bendigo, VIC, 3550

Phone

(03) 5454 6000