Free Falls Prevention Programs in the Shoalhaven

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September 06, 2018

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Grand Pacific Health (GPH) are offering a free falls prevention program called ‘LiFE’ in three local villages starting this 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.

 Alycia Hull, Allied Health Team Leader, 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 Alycia.

 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:      Mondays 10:00am starting September 17 in Shoalhaven Heads

Tuesdays 9:00am starting September 11 Sanctuary Point

Wednesdays 9:30am starting September 12 Callala Beach

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

Bookings are essential.

For more information or media enquiries
GPH Health Promotions
0409 034 407

Alycia Hull, GPH Allied and Preventative Health Team Leader

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