Free Falls Prevention Program in Sussex inlet

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April 18, 2018

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Grand Pacific Health (GPH) are offering a free falls prevention program called ‘LiFE’ in Sussex Inlet 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.

Jessica Bricklebank, an Exercise Physiologist at GPH Centre Nowra, 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 Jessica.

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:        Wednesday’s starting May 2

Where:       Sussex Inlet Bowling Club

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.

For media opportunities or to register please contact Jessica Bricklebank on 44482255 or email  jbricklebank@gph.org.au

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