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Find out the simple steps to prevent falls

Press Release   •   Jun 12, 2013 11:57 BST


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 c.odonnell@bury.gov.uk

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For further information please contact Peter Doherty on 0161 253 6096 Alternatively please email communications@bury.gov.uk