Free Falls Prevention Program in Jindabyne, Berridale and Adaminaby

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July 31, 2018

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Grand Pacific Health (GPH) are offering a free falls prevention program called ‘LiFE’ in three locations starting next month, recognising that one in three people aged over 65 fall over at least once per year and falls put more seniors in hospital than any other cause.

 Kate Greenwood, a Health Promotion Officer with Grand Pacific Health, says LiFE teaches participants to incorporate some simple leg strengthening and balance activities into daily tasks and routines:

“These activities have been shown to reduce the risk of falling.”

 “If anyone is over 60 and concerned about their balance, or if they have tripped or fallen over the past year, been worried about falling, or are simply finding it harder to get out of a chair - they should considering registering for this program.”

 “What makes LiFE different from other programs is that people do not have to set aside special ‘exercise’ time each day, something that many of us find difficult to do. Instead, LiFE activities are done throughout the day, such as when washing dishes, hanging out washing or cleaning our teeth.” Added Kate.

 The program runs for 1 hour each week for 5 weeks and each participant also has an individual appointment at the start and finish of the program- making it a 7 week commitment.

 When:                       Thursdays 10:30am starting August 16th 2018 (Jindabyne), Tuesdays 10:00am starting October 16th 2018 (Berridale), Mondays 11:00am starting October 22nd (Adaminaby)

Where:                      Jindabyne Memorial Hall (supper room), Berridale CWA hall and Adaminaby CWA hall

What:                         Free 7 week falls prevention exercise program

Who:                          People aged 60+, living at home, able to walk independently (with or without a walking aid), not diagnosed with dementia

A doctor’s referral is not required. To find out more contact Kate Greenwood on:  0448 968 972 or email kgreenwood@gph.org.au.

GPH acknowledges the financial and other support from COORDINARE – South Eastern NSW PHN under the Primary Health Networks Program - an Australian Government initiative.

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