The risk of falls and fall-related injuries such as fractures increase with age. They are common and serious health issues faced by older people in England. The human cost often includes distress, pain, injury, loss of confidence, loss of independence and mortality. For health services falls are often high in volume and costly.
Around 24% of men and 30% of women aged 50 years old and over report having fallen in the previous 2 years, with 7% of men and 11% women aged 50 years and over reporting having had a fall that required medical attention.
Strength and balance exercise interventions can prevent falls and fractures, resulting in improved health outcomes and independence for older people, and reduced demand for health and care services. A recent study found that their was an increased self-reported level of physical activity among older adults, 12 months after a falls prevention intervention, and significantly reduced counts of falls. Click here to read the study.
Strong & Steady Programme
The Strong & Steady Programme is a 12-week physical activity programme that is designed to help people over 55 to improve strength and balance, helping you to live independently for longer. Strong & Steady instructors have specialist Postural Stability training to deliver exercises proven to reduce falls. Regardless of your age and ability, you will be made very welcome.
The Strong & Steady Programme works in partnership with Wyre Council & Fylde Coast CCG’s. The programme is specifically for people who have come through their local Falls Management Programme and are ready to take the next steps on their patient pathway. If you would like to know more information simply call us on 01253 882105.
Strong & Steady Social Group
The Strong & Steady exercise group utilise a combination of educating clients about how to be safe and independent. Whilst we will help people get active and and moving more, we believe that creating a social environment outside of the studio allows clients to feel integrated and welcomed into our Strong & Steady Groups. That is why we always allocate 30 minutes at the end of our sessions to have a brew, biscuits and a chat!
Other steps you can take to prevent falls
- Have your medications reviewed by your GP or local Pharmacist at least once a year. This is especially important if you take more than four medicines a day.
- Have your eye sight tested each year.
- Drinking alcohol can lead to loss of co-ordination and exaggerate the effects of some medicines. This can significantly increase the risk of a fall, particularly in older people.
- Make your home safer by removing potential slip and trip hazards and ensuring rooms are well lit.
- Wear clothes and footwear that you won’t trip over.
Facing up to Falls -The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents
Falls Prevention exercise video – Chartered Society of Physiotherapy
Get Up and Go – A Guide to Staying Steady – The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy
A Practical Guide to Healthy Ageing – Age UK