Preventing Falls, Promoting ‘LiFE’ in Bombala and Delegate and Adaminaby

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April 10, 2018

Jan

Are you over 60 and concerned about your balance? Have you tripped or fallen over in the past year or are you worried about falling?  Perhaps you are finding it harder to get out of a chair than you used to? LiFE might be the program for you.

LiFE is a free program which teaches you to incorporate some simple leg strengthening and balance activities into your daily tasks and routines. These activities have been shown to reduce the risk of falling. 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 10:30am starting April 16th 2018 (Bombala)

Mondays 1:00pm starting April 16th 2018 (Delegate)

Tuesdays 11:00am starting April 17th (Adaminaby)

Where:             Bombala Community Centre

Delegate School of Arts

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

Kate Greenwood, a health promotion officer with Grand Pacific Health, has run successful programs in Jindabyne, Bombala, Berridale and Nimmitabel over the past year and is looking forward to delivering LiFE in Delegate as well as a second program in Bombala. “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, so there is a real need for programs like this”, she said. “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.”

The LiFE program is being conducted by Grand Pacific Health. A doctor’s referral is not required. If you are interested, or want to know if this program suits you, call Kate Greenwood on 0448 968 972 or email kgreenwood@gph.org.au.

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