Worried about falling?

FallingOlder people worried about falling can get the confidence to stand on their own two feet with a special interactive event to be held in Alton.

The event, on 3 September at Alton Sports Centre, will provide information and advice on how to prevent falls and improve strength, balance and confidence.

Falls are a serious and growing problem affecting one in three adults over the age of 65 and costing the NHS approximately £2 billion per year. Hip fractures are the most serious injury following a fall and affect 60,000 fallers per year.

East Hampshire District Council along with Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust and Hampshire County Council are working together with various other partners to provide the free event. During the session visitors can also sign up for an attempt to break the world record for a seated exercise class.

Adi Phillips, falls prevention coordinator for Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust, said: “Physical activity is essential in older age to help reduce frailty, prevent falls and increase mobility and independence. Active people are more likely to have better mood, be less anxious, have better memory, sleep better and have more social contacts. That is why it’s so important that we continue to stay active as we age and these events and our World Record Attempt will hopefully inspire more people to keep fit as they get older.”

Evidence shows that specific exercise programmes to improve strength and balance can reduce the risk of falls by up to 55 per cent and also reduce the severity of injury following a fall.

Experts will be on hand to provide you with valuable information on:
• Steady and Strong Exercise Classes (taster sessions)
• Exercises to do safely at home
• How to get up safely from the floor if you have fallen
• Fitness MOTs – test your balance and strength
• Medical and Fitness professionals available to give advice
• Information stands and more
As part of the event people will also be able to register to take part in a Guinness World Record Attempt. Taking place on 1 October in Andover, Hampshire people will attempt the world record for a seated exercise class, giving them the chance to be a record breaker without leaving their chair! Transport to Andover for the attempt will be organised for anyone wanting to take part.

There will also be other information available from organisations such as the Community Independence Team, National Osteoporosis Society, Parkinson’s UK, NHS Falls Prevention Team, Hampshire County Council Adult Services, Being Independent in Later Life, plus more.

The event takes place on Thursday 3 September at Alton Sports Centre, Chawton Park Road, Alton GU34 1ST, between 2-4pm.

For further information contact: Louise Christie, Sport and Physical Activity Officer, EHDC telephone: 01730 234067, email louise.christie@easthants.gov.uk