Im­prove your bal­ance


Stirling Times - - Street Watch -

OLDER Stir­ling res­i­dents can par­tic­i­pate in a free bal­ance work­shop at Os­borne Park Hos­pi­tal (OPH) that aims to pre­vent falls and ac­ci­dents.

The work­shop will cover bal­ance ex­er­cises to pre­vent falls, man­ag­ing med­i­ca­tions and ap­pro­pri­ate footwear.

Os­borne Park nurse Lor­raine Beaty said falls were not a nor­mal part of age­ing and im­prov­ing their bal­ance was the key to pre­vent­ing falls for older peo­ple.

“There are many ex­er­cises older adults can un­der­take to im­prove their bal­ance, and this year mem- bers of the com­mu­nity are in­vited to OPH to par­tic­i­pate in bal­ance ex­er­cises, tai chi classes and speak to a range of clin­i­cians about falls preven­tion,” she said.

Ms Beaty said one in three peo­ple aged over 65 ex­pe­ri­enced a fall each year.

Mau­reen Keady works on some bal­ance ex­er­cises at Os­borne Park Hos­pi­tal.

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