Fall prevention a fine balancing act
BUSINESS IMPROVING balance is the number one way to prevent slips, trips and falls in older people according to falls prevention program Stay On Your Feet.
“The good news is that falls are preventable; anyone can trip over but having good balance stops you from falling,” Community Engagement Co-ordinator Juliana Summers said.
The Build Your Balance campaign is running throughout September and offers simple steps for older adults to maintain or improve balance.
Cloverdale resident Gwen Davies (81) is one of the faces of the Build Your Balance campaign.
“I do balance exercises every day in my kitchen. I know my limits and do what I know my body is capable of doing. People often comment how they can’t believe how fit and well I look,” she said.
Older adults and health professionals can receive free balance exercise flyers and learn balance activities by visiting stayonyourfeet.com.au or calling 1300 30 35 40.
Gwen Davies, (81) is the face of the Build Your Balance campaign.