Staying on their feet
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.
Left: Dorothy McDonald and Nella Glover. Right: Volunteer Tom Hesford with Vivian Pires.