Staying stable, being able


 

Are you aged 65 or over?

You can learn how to stay independent, reduce your risk of falling, get more active and improve your health and social life.

Experiencing a fall is one of the major reasons for concern expressed by adults over the age of 65. A fall can have a significant impact on quality of life and 35% of over 65’s will experience at least one fall in a year. This figure rises to over 50% for the over 80 age group.

Staying connected to your community and friends, keeping active and eating healthily are all important to maintaining your health, wellbeing and independence.

Many falls and trips are preventable. A wide range of information, advice and exercises to help you stay well and active to reduce your risk of a fall are available. For more information see our useful links below:

Health and Care Leicestershire – Preventing Falls

NHS Choices

http://www.nhs.uk/Tools/Pages/Exercises-for-older-people.aspx

http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/fitness/Pages/balance-exercises-for-older-people.aspx

http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/fitness/Pages/strength-exercises-for-older-people.aspx

http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Falls/Documents/SAGA_Falls-Prevention.pdf

Age UK

http://www.ageuk.org.uk/health-wellbeing/keeping-fit/falls-prevention/

Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA)

https://www.rospa.com/home-safety/advice/older-people/

 

If you don’t speak English

If you don’t speak English, you can use Google translate to translate the leaflets on our website.

Download the leaflet you want translated to your device. Go to Google translate. Choose a document by clicking on ‘Browse your computer’ and selecting the document you want translated

  1. Choose the language you want to translate it into from the drop down menu at the top of the page
  2. Click ‘Translate’
  3. You will be able the read the document in your chosen language.

Our top tips


Three things you can do today to make a difference to your health, well-being and independence

Stay well

  • Eat healthily and regularly

Stay active

  • Sit less, try to do activities to increase your strength and balance everyday like walking, gardening, shopping or dancing

Stay connected

  • Learning and volunteering can help you stay active in your local community

Case Study

“I’m a fairly active chap and never considered myself to be one of those people who fall over and injure themselves – that is what older people did. I picked up one of the leaflets about the Falls Prevention support service and suddenly realised this was aimed at me!

I contacted the team and was surprised to learn that I was likely to fall and hurt myself in the near future. They provided me with advice and exercise suggestions designed to make falling over less likely. They helped me understand that by making small changes around my home such as moving rugs and changing my shoes, I could make a huge difference to the likelihood of falling over. They advised me to ask my GP to review all of my medicines to make sure they were not making me sluggish. And they even arranged for me to see a specialist therapist for further advice and assessment.”

“I always read about how many people fall at home then end up in hospital and some never make a full recovery. I know it’s up to me to put all I have learned into practice, but I’m determined not to become another falls statistic!”

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