Free Falls Prevention in Nimmitabel & Bredbo

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January 30, 2019

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Grand Pacific Health (GPH) are offering a free falls prevention program called ‘LiFE’ in Bredbo for the first time next month along with another in Nimmitabel - 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.

 GPH Health Promotions Officer, Kate Greenwood, 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 consider 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:                  Tuesdays 11:30am – 12:30pm starting 12 February 2019

Where:                 Nimmitabel Pioneer Memorial Hall

 

When:                  Thursdays 1:00pm – 2:00pm starting 21 February 2019

Where:                 Bredbo Community 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. Previous participants are welcome to re-enroll. Bookings are essential.

 

For more information call Kate on 0448 968 972 or email kgreenwood@gph.org.au

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

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