Wye Valley NHS Trust invited local residents to take part in Older People’s Day yesterday, Thursday October 1, in the Old Market Shopping Centre in Hereford.
Herefordshire falls prevention service held the event and gave vital information about falls prevention. The event was to mark the Chartered Society of Physiotherapists national Older People’s Day to celebrate and recognise the important contribution that older people make to society.
The event showed that there are a whole range of simple things that can help reduce the risk of a fall, including regular eye sight, hearing and medication checks, eating a balanced diet, to wearing good fitting shoes and slippers.
Jo Burns, falls prevention service team leader at Wye Valley NHS Trust, said: “We were delighted to run this year’s event in the Old Market. It was a great opportunity for us to engage with older people and make sure they take away some important advice and information about falls prevention in their own homes and when they are out and about.
Herefordshire’s falls prevention service received more than 1,000 referrals from people who had fallen or were at risk of falling last year.
“However, we believe this is only the tip of the iceberg with many more people falling, or at risk of falling, across Herefordshire with one in three people over the age of 65 suffering a fall each year nationally,” added Jo.
“Many falls can be prevented and we recommend specific exercise, eyesight, hearing and medication checks, eating a balanced diet, ensuring homes are hazard free and have good lighting, looking after your feet and wearing good fitting shoes and slippers.
“If anyone is worried about their balance, dizziness or falls it's important that they contact their GP or call our service direct".
To get advice from the falls prevention service or have a free assessment at your home or local clinic call 01568 617309 or visit www.wyevalley.nhs.uk (community services, falls service).
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