New program helps elderly
FALLS are one of the biggest causes of death and serious injury to the elderly.
Now an exercise partnership is set to reduce falls and also help older people live independently longer.
Western Sydney Local Health District (WSLHD) Health Promotion has developed the Healthy Older People Partnership (HOPP).
The strength and balance program trains 1289 staff and links with 35 aged-care organisations, including multicultural services in Western Sydney.
No other single injury cause, including road trauma, costs the NSW health system more than falls.
There are 84,742 people 65 years and older living in the WSLHD catchment.
WSLHD Falls Prevention co-ordinator Kitty Kaur (pictured) said HOPP had seen a 43 per cent increase in services running the exercises. “Strength and balance exercises decrease the risk but many older people reduce their exercise as they age,” she said.