Get Up & About to Prevent Falls
21st September 2018
Falls Prevention Awareness week starts on Monday 24th September and coincides with Cumbria County Council's 'Up and About' campaign.
The campaign aims to raise awareness of the simple steps that people can take to reduce falls.
Why not come along to your local event where you will be able to chat with one of our support workers along with professionals from the county council and Age UK for advice on preventing falls (you can download a poster below).
People attending can expect top-tips goody bags, medication reviews and strength and balance taster sessions.
The events will also feature “sloppy slipper exchanges” where you can swap your old slippery, sloppy slippers for FREE new slip resistant ones!
Events will take place at the following venues:
- Monday 24 September - Silloth Community Hall, Wigton Road, Silloth 1pm-3pm
- Monday 24 September - Aspatria Library 2pm-4pm
- Tuesday 25 September - Keswick Senior Citizens Club, Heads Road, Keswick 10am-12pm
- Thursday 27 September - Seaton Library, Workington 10am-12pm
- Thursday 27 September - Tea Dance (Age UK), Allhallows Community Centre, Fletchertown 3pm-4.30pm
- Friday 28 September - Castlegate and Derwent Surgery Cockermouth 2pm-4pm
- Tuesday 25 September - The Bradbury Centre, St George's Road, Millom 11am-2pm
- Friday 28 September - Egremont Library 10am-3pm (to include a Macmillan Coffee Morning)
For events across the rest of the county please click here.
A startling number of people have falls
The figures below were shared by the County Council last year when the 'Up and About' campaign was launched.
- There are approximately 2,000 emergency hospital admissions for falls each year in people aged 65 and over in Cumbria.
- Around one in three adults over 65 who live at home will have at least one fall a year.
- By 2020, nearly 25% of the Cumbrian population will be aged over 65. As people grow older, their health needs become more complex with physical and mental health needs impacting on each other.
- North West Ambulance Service (NWAS) data indicates that falls make up approximately 88% of all injuries serious enough to warrant an ambulance call out for people aged 50 years and over.
Falls are not an inevitable part of ageing
Prevention is better than cure, some top tips for staying steady include:
- Exercise regularly
- Check your eyes and hearing
- Ask your pharmacist to review any medicines or prescriptions
- Take calcium for strong bones
- Take vitamin D to support the body to absorb calcium
- Check your home for hazards
- Look after your feet
- If you’ve had a fall or are worried about falling, tell your GP
For more information on Falls Prevention take a look at the ROSPA website.