One in three people over 65 will have a fall this year, and some will have multiple falls.
Falls can lead to long term hospitalisation, loss of independence, the need for supported care and even premature death.
But the good news is most falls can be prevented.
Gavin Dart, Acting Health Promotion Manager at Northern NSW Local Health District, said 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” Mr Dart said.
A Stepping On 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.
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