The first time Christine fell, it was in the street outside her local post office. Ninety-seven percent of falls happen in our older community.
April Falls Month® is an annual campaign to raise awareness about the impact of falls and to promote the latest best practice fall prevention strategies. The overall campaign goal is to get active and improve balance for fall prevention.
The below video shares the patient experience of Mrs Christine Gleeson in the Mount Druitt Falls Clinic. Her story highlights the importance of falls prevention and involving patients in their care planning.
It’s well known that poor balance and strength will affect a person’s mobility and put them at an increased risk of a fall. So by improving balance and strength, people can reduce their risk of falling and suffering a fall-related injury.
Research has shown that exercise of any type has been shown to reduce the risk of falling by 23 percent.
For optimal physical and mental health, it is recommended that all adults (regardless of age, health, or ability) to do 30 to 60 minutes of physical activity most days.
To prevent falls and maintain independence this should include exercise or activities that improve strength and balance. It’s never too late to get active and every bit of activity helps!