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Living Longer Living Stronger

Strength For Life Program

Introducing Living Longer Living Stronger

Australia’s population is ageing and with it an increase in frailty and burden of disease.  To help slow down the negative impact of ageing and support older Australians to improve their quality of life, Council on the Ageing (COTA) has developed an evidence-based exercise program which can support older adults to increase their strength, balance and mobility.

Living Longer Living Stronger (LLLS), formerly known as "Strength for Life" is an exciting evidenced based and academically evaluated progressive strength-based program, which has been running in VIC, SA and WA for 15+ years and is now available in the Gosford and Central Coast area.  It involves a “train the trainer model”, thereby upskilling local people (Exercise Professionals) to run classes/programs within their communities.

What does that mean for me?

The Living Longer Living Stronger Accredited Exercise program created by COTA promotes health and well-being amongst older Australians.  Furthermore, there is strong evidence that regular strength and balance training:

  • Reduce the risk of falling
  • Improve mental wellbeing & cognitive function
  • Improve body composition (more muscle, less fat)
  • Improve self-esteem & self-confidence
  • Improved ability to undertake activities of daily living & maintain an independent lifestyle
  • Reduce lower back pain
  • Improve bone density
  • Management and recovery from chronic disease/conditions

Join our Strength For Life Program at Gosford

What does the program involve?

There are two parts to the program, an initial one on one assessment with your Strength for Life facilitator and then the Living Longer Living Stronger classes which run at the below location.  We are looking to expand the program into other centers on the Central Coast as interest in the program increases.

What can I expect?

In the one on one assessment you will go through your pre-exercise screening tool and ensure you have a referral if required, talk about what physical activity you are currently engaged in, your medical history, your goals and aspiration, and from those details the LLLS facilitator will write your exercise prescription (program).  This assessment will take approximately 45 minutes to complete.

Then you will join a class with other people who also have their own program, the LLLS facilitator will then supervise and support you and your peers throughout the class to ensure you are doing the exercises correctly, know when to increase your weight and change up your exercises.

Do you run the Living Longer Living Stronger program near me?

We are currently delivering the program in East Gosford, Wyoming and Davistown.  See below for details.


East Gosford Progress Hall

10 Henry Parry Drive, East Gosford      

Monday 11:30 am - 12:30 pm 


Holy Family Anglican Church (Rear)     

18 Parkhill Road, Wyoming

Tuesday 09:15 am - 10:15 am


Davistown Progress Hall

5 McCauley Street Davistown.

Wednesday 11:30 am - 12:30 pm


If you have a group of 6 or more people interested in your area we are more than happy to arrange providing the program closer to you.  Please call us for more information or to discuss your requirements.


What Costs Are Involved?

Please see the table below for costs associated with this program.  We have worked with COTA to keep the costs for you as low as possible.


One on One Evaluation Session (Approx 45 min) $50 or $40 Concession  
Classes per Session $8 per person  



How do I join the Living Longer Living Stronger Program?

Mai Speirs has been trained as a facilitator to deliver the LLLS program in the Central Coast area.
To express your interest in this program, please contact Mai using our Contact Us page.

Download the Forms

NOTE: The forms below are for the COTA Living Longer Living Stronger program only.  Download he  below forms, fill them in and bring them to your one on one assessment.  Alternatively, we can provide the forms when you attend your assessment if thats more convenient.

Download Link Description
Download the Pre Activity Questionnaire

Download the Living Longer Living Stronger Enrolment Form and bring the completed form to your assessment meeting. 

This form can be completed and printed to ensure that all information is clearly readable.

NOTE: This form uses a digital signature function.  You can either make use of this and email the form directly back to us or simply complete the details, print and sign.  Then hand us the form when you attend your assessment session.

Download the Pre Activity Questionnaire

Download the Living Longer Living Stronger Medical Referral Form if required and present to your doctor. 

Once the form has been signed by your doctor, please return it to us.

Live Longer Live Stronger by Council On The Ageing (COTA)Council On The Ageing (COTA)