Falls Prevention Week, taking place from 17 to 21 June, aims to help reduce the number of accidental falls suffered by older people.
“It is thought that each year 1 in 3 over 65's living in the community will have a fall. In some instances, falls can not only cause loss of mobility, independence and confidence, it can often result in serious injury or a fatality for an older person.
Falls Prevention Week aims to promote some simple steps older people, relatives, carer and friends should be aware of to help prevent accidental falls:
· Dehydration – make sure that you or an older person regularly drinks water.
· Poor vision – make sure that you or an older person clean their glasses with proper wipes and that eye tests are up to date. Often individuals have the wrong prescription glasses
· Wear the right footwear – make sure you or an older person is wearing flat, sturdy footwear which is not worn on the sole.
· Take medication at the right time – make sure you or an older person takes the right tablets at the right time.
Information and advice will be on hand from a range of organisations including Bury Council Adult Care Services, Age UK, Carelink, Falls Team and Millercare.
Members of the local community are invited to come along for a chat, refreshments and useful freebies. Everyone is Welcome.
For more information contact Catrina O’Donnell on 0161 253 5819 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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