New campaign to help reduce the risk of falls in older people

The ‘Let’s talk about the F-word’ campaign launched today (Monday 22 May 2017) is being led by Shropshire’s public health service Help2Change and Age UK Shropshire Telford & Wrekin.

‘Let’s talk about the F- word’ signposts people to a range of practical suggestions and online interactive tools and resources to help someone stay safe and avoid falls.  Resources include:

  • Falls assistant – An NHS-approved interactive online source which helps you check and understand what may be putting someone at risk. The online tool also provides information on what to do to reduce risk and provides information on exercises to improve mobility, gait and balance.
  • Mobility and balance – a simple online test to see how someone gets in and out of a chair and walks. This can help indicate whether they need to improve their strength, gait and balance.
  • Age UK preventing falls – Easy to follow home exercises to help build strength and balance as part of a healthy ageing programme.
  • Fall Check home safety – an interactive check for hazards in the home that may cause a trip.

For more information about the campaign, or if you are concerned about yourself, an ageing parent, family member or friend go online to http://www.healthyshropshire.co.uk/topics/ageing-well/preventing-falls/

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