Fall preven­tion a fine bal­anc­ing act

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Footy Finals 2015 -

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.

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