Falls Awareness Week 19 - 25 September

Over 2,000 people in Cheshire East end up in hospital each year as a result of a fall. But there are simple steps that you can take to reduce your own risk.

Cheshire East Falls Prevention Group has organised a falls awareness week this year from 19 September to 25 September. As part of this the Cheshire East Council Stay Well Squad will be conducting rapid falls risk assessments (for people aged 65+) plus wellbeing checks at the following locations:

Tuesday 20
Market street, Congleton, CW12 1BP, 09.30 – 15.00
Wilmslow Garden Centre, SK9 2JN, 10:00 - 15:00

Wednesday 21
Sandbach Library, 09.30 - 15:00
Asda, Alsager, ST7 2AA, 09:30 - 15:00       

Thursday 22
Bollington Recreation Ground, SK10 5JT, 10:00 - 15:00

Friday 23
Tesco, Vernon Way, Crewe, CW1 2DD, 09:30 - 15:30
Poynton Library,10:00 - 15:00

Note: no sessions or promotion are taking place on Monday, 19 September as a mark of respect for the Queen.

One means of reducing the risk of a fall that is particularly important is keeping fit. This can include activities like walking, gardening and swimming. The NHS’s Chief Medical Officer recommends that adults aged 65+, should undertake daily physical activity (at least 150 minutes of moderate exercise a week); including exercise two days a week designed to improve balance, flexibility and muscle strength. If you don’t do much at the moment, you should build up gradually and remember some physical activity is better than none. Speak to a GP first if you have not exercised for some time, or if you have medical conditions or concerns.

Stand Strong (Falls Prevention) Classes

The One You Cheshire East service runs free strength and balance classes for those aged 65+ which are designed to significantly reduce risk of a fall. See the One You website for further details. Other falls classes can also be viewed on Live Well.

How to Reduce Your Risk of Falls

See the Live Well Falls Prevention web page for more information on other steps you can take to reduce your risk of a fall. You can also pick up a copy of the Cheshire Falls Prevention booklet at your local library.

 

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