This year Falls Awareness Week takes place from 17 - 21 June 2013.
It is thought that each year 1 in 3 over 65′s living in the community will have a fall. Falls can not only cause loss of mobility, independence and confidence, it can often result in death.
The week is organised by the charity Age UK, which combines Age Concern and Help the Aged to create a strong group there to support elderly people in the community.
Throughout the week, we will be hosting a specific fall related question and answer session on Sunday 23 June, 4 – 6pm at Cubley Court, Kingsway Site, Derby DE22 3LZ.
The aim of the session will be for carers, patients and general members of the public to ask professionals questions related to falling such as, what might contribute to increased risk of falling? The panel will also discuss how falling might be avoided and how a person might manage following a fall.
The panel will include a doctor with a specific interest in falls prevention, a dietician, an occupational therapist and a ward based registered nurse.
Two exercise programme taster sessions have also been planned to take place during Falls Awareness Week. Impaired strength and balance contribute to reduced mobility and many falls. The techniques learned at these exercise programme has been proved to reduce the risk of falling in people over the age of 65 – predominately those living in their own home and who are committed to maintaining their independence.
Exercise programme sessions:
Tuesday 18 June, 10.30 – 11.30am at Midway Day Hospital, Ilkeston Resource Centre, Heanor Road, Ilkeston DE7 8TL
Thursday 20 June, 1.30 – 2.30pm at Dovedale Day Hospital, London Road Community Hospital, Derby DE1 2XX
Attachment: Falls Awareness Q&A Sessions