Stay­ing on their feet

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - OPINION -

ABOUT 100 se­niors got some handy tips about get­ting stronger to avoid fall­ing over dur­ing an Olympics-style health cam­paign at Bel­mont Oa­sis last Thurs­day.

Cam­paign co-or­di­na­tor Alyson Elari said be­ing in­volved in ac­tive recre­ation was good for phys­i­cal, men­tal and emo­tional health.

“Tak­ing part in sports and so­cial recre­ational ac­tiv­i­ties helps to build strong legs which can help keep you on your feet and pre­vent slips, trips and falls in the long run,” she said.

Ms Elari said the day was all about show­ing older adults and those who care for them about strength­en­ing leg mus­cles and im­prov­ing bal­ance and range of mo­tion to help stay healthy and in­de­pen­dent for longer.

“Sta­tis­tics show us that one in three peo­ple over the age of 65 will fall each year, which is fright­en­ingly com­mon­place,” she said.

“How­ever, we know that falls are pre­ventable and that ex­er­cises such as the strength­en­ing your legs are a low cost, easy way to pre­vent falls.”

For more tips about ac­tiv­i­ties to help stay on your feet, visit www.stay­ony­our­feet. com.au or call 1300 30 35 40.

Pic­tures: Matt Jelonek www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d458886

Left: Dorothy McDon­ald and Nella Glover. Right: Vol­un­teer Tom Hes­ford with Vi­vian Pires.

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