Stepping Out to Prevent Falls and Improve Health

Posted on Thu, 27/09/2018

Fun and practical ways to reduce the risk of falls are being highlighted this week across Gateshead.

National Falls Prevention Week brings together a range of organisations to provide information to people over the age of 50 about the steps they can take to improve their health and reduce the risk of falling.

Experts believe that the vast majority of falls could be prevented with some modest changes to our lifestyle and home.

To support this, a wide range of activities are being promoted through information stands and social media to encourage over 50s to get more active, to improve their strength, balance and co-ordination.

These include tai chi, dance classes and low impact exercise classes.

The awareness week also aims to bust the myths about falling – such as that it is only the frail or infirm that fall and it is just a part of growing old.

Helen Kleiser, Falls Coordinator and Clinical Educator, Gateshead Health NHS Trust, said: “Falls Prevention Week is a great way for partners to come together and highlight the wide range of ways that people can reduce the risk of falling.

“Having a fall can have a range of serious implications for patients in hospital, damaging their overall health and well-being. Our specialist team is always looking at ways of improving prevention with inpatients, outpatients and in the community.”

An information stand is located next to Costa at the QE main entrance and all further details can be found here

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