We often hear about elders falling but we never imagine it will happen to us. Statistics show that one in three people over 65 will have a fall this year, and some will have multiple falls.
Apart from the distress caused by a fall, they can lead to long term hospitalisation, loss of independence, the need for supported care and even premature death.
The Northern NSW Local Health Distric say the good news is most falls can be prevented.
Acting Health Promotion Manager at Northern NSW Local Health District Gavin Dart, says we can help ourselves prevent falls as we get older by doing balance and strengthening activities every day.
Stepping On is a free and friendly community program for people aged 65 years and over to help build knowledge, strength and confidence to prevent falls and stay active and independent.
‘Stepping On is a free seven-week program that combines gentle strength and balance exercises with educational sessions,’ says Mr Dart.
To get locals stepping up to Stepping On, the program is being held in Mullumbimby in May 2019. Those interested in attending can call the Stepping On Coordinator on 6620 2553 to register or find out more.