Preventing Falls, Promoting ‘LiFE’

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October 05, 2017

LiFE Cooma participant Malcolm Martin

Grand Pacific Health are offering a free 5 week falls prevention exercise program- recognising that falls put seniors in hospital more than any other cause each year.
‘LiFE’ teaches participants to incorporate some simple leg strengthening and balance activities into daily tasks and routines.
GPH Cooma Health Promotion Officer, Kate Greenwood says the course is being offered to people in Monaro over the age of 60:
“One in three people aged over 65 fall over at least once per year, so there is a real need for a programs like this,” said Kate.
“The program has already been run in Jindabyne, Cooma and Bombala this year. The feedback has been very positive and people have improved their strength and balance, both of which are critical for reducing the risk of falls.”
“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.
When: Mondays, 10am starting 23rd October
Where: Berridale CWA hall
What: Free 7 week falls prevention exercise program
Who: People aged 60+ (or 50+ for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders), 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 more information or media enquiries contact Kate Greenwood on 0448 968 972 or kgreenwood@gph.org.au.

 

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