Thursday, 9 February 2012

Falls Prevention and ageing well

Did you know?

  • Falling is not a normal part of ageing – falls can be prevented.
  • Only a small number of falls are caused by tripping, slipping or "not being careful" – most are the result of health or lifestyle factors.
  • One in three people aged 65 years or over will fall each year. 

Steps to Stay On Your Feet®:

There are 9 steps to staying on your feet. Look at all the steps and then focus on those parts that relate to you, your lifestyle, independence and environment. 

Make a personal action plan to help you stay mobile and independent. You can prevent falls before they happen:

 - Be active
 - Manage your medicines
 - Manage your health
 - Improve your balance
 - Walk tall
 - Foot care and safe footwear
 - Regularly check your eyesight
 - Eat well for life
 - Identify, remove and report hazards

WA is promoting healthy ageing and care Stay On Your Feet® Week 9-15 September 2012 with resources and guides on their website.
If you live in WA you can attend an event in your area. http://www.health.wa.gov.au/stayonyourfeet/home/


The Department of Health and Ageing has resources, news, guides and support for ageing well and looking after yourselves and your health - http://www.health.gov.au/internet/main/publishing.nsf/Content/Home

source: http://doctor2008.wordpress.com/2010/10/04/60-is-the-new-40/

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