Almost one-third of people over the age of 65 experience a fall each year – but falls can be prevented.
Townsville seniors are raising awareness about falls prevention – and learning how to stay on their feet – during the April Falls Day campaign run by Carinity.
The campaign aims to reduce harm from falls, particularly for seniors who are the most at risk of having a fall.
Carinity Fairfield Grange residents learned how to reduce incidences of a fall. They took part in a free falls risk assessment, and many enjoyed supervised activities with trained fitness professionals.
Regular exercise improves strength and balance and can reduce the chance of a fall by 23%
Carinity Fairfield Grange Residential Manager, Mandeep Kaur, said the April Falls Day initiative aligns with national and international education campaigns about falls prevention.
“In Australia, falls are the leading cause of injury-related deaths, accounting for 37% of all deaths. Falls are also the main cause of injuries which lead to hospitalisation,” Mandeep said.
“Many people think falls are a normal part of life and aging, but they’re not. Falls can be prevented by reducing the risk.
“Regular exercise most days can help maintain balance, muscle strength, flexibility and reduce someone’s risk of a fall.
“Having the best possible lighting in your home, and using lights when getting up at night, is important. You should also have your eyes checked once a year and keep eye-glasses clean.”
Mandeep added that “taking care and not rushing” and limiting the chances of slipping and tripping is highly recommended.
“Wear well-fitting, flat shoes with non-slip soles and use non-slip mats or floor treatments. Remove tripping hazards around the home and garden and consider handrails for the bathroom, toilet and at front and back doors,” she said.
“Importantly, seniors should keep in daily contact with someone who can organise help if they need it, especially in an emergency.”
People should also be aware of how medicine affects them and discuss possible side-effects with their doctor or pharmacist.
For more tips on how to reduce falls – and stay on your feet – go to the April Falls Day website.