New pro­gram helps el­derly

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - NEWS -

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.

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