Step along to free workshop to help prevent those falls
IF YOU'RE worried about falling, or know someone who is, come along to the free Stepping On Falls Prevention program, an initiative of the NSW Department of Health, presented by Adssi HomeLiving Australia.
This free 7-week program is designed for older people who are living independently in the community and who have fallen or are fearful of falling.
Participation in Stepping On gives older people the confidence to undertake their everyday activities more safely and independently, to reduce their risk of falling.
If you've had a fall, or are you're worried about falling, this free program will help you build skills, strength and confidence to prevent future falls.
Coordinator Fay Huckstepp said participants will learn exercises to improve strength and balance and practical ways to reduce the risk of falling.
Two free 7-week programs will commence in February:
- Tuesdays: February 7 to March 21- Blue Haven Community Centre
- Thursdays: February 9 to March 23 - Adssi HomeLiving Australia, Tuggerah
Participants must meet certain criteria including being:
- 65 years and older and living at home.
- Able to walk independently or with a walking stick.
- Fearful of falling or has fallen recently.
- This program is not suitable for people with dementia or neuromuscular conditions.
Register by calling Adssi HomeLiving on 1300 578 478.
Facts About Falls:
- 1 in 3 people aged 65 years and over fall each year.
- Falls are the leading cause of hospital admissions for trauma and deaths of older people.
- 35% of people who fall become less active.
- Falls can reduce mobility and independence.
- Remaining active can prevent you from falling.