FALLS are a major cause of injury for older people. Each year one third of people aged 65 years and over have one or more falls. Falls can cause hip and wrist fractures, dislocations, bruise and head injuries. Even falls that don't result in a physical injury can often lead to a fear of falling or loss of self-confidence.
The good news is that falls can be prevented with some simple strategies.
Snowy Mountains Physiotherapy is running a Falls Prevention workshop to show people the simple ways they can reduce falls.
It is well known that physiotherapists are well-trained at treating injuries and pains that result from a fall. However, many people aren't aware that they can also help prevent injuries.
"At this Falls Prevention workshop we will focus on the identifying the risks of falling, exercises to reduce falls, and other strategies to reduce the risk of falls such as wearing appropriate footwear, and making some minor changes around your house to make it safer," Lara Hansford from Snowy Mountains Physiotherapy explained to the Summit Sun.
"Exercise has been shown to reduce the incidence of falls, improve strength and reduce the fear of falling. The exercises we will be suggesting are safe, simple and easy to complete in your own home.
"All of the physios at Snowy Mountains Physiotherapy have been trained in ways to help minimise accidents such as falls. So being able to pass on skills to people to help them prevent injuries is very important, reducing the need for us to treat injuries, provide rehabilitation or provide pain management after an injury has occurred.
"The workshop is primarily aimed at the over 55s, but anybody who is interested is welcome to attend."
The FREE workshop will be held from 10:30am to 11:30 am on Tuesday August 26 at the Snowy Mountains Physiotherapy clinic, downstairs at the Superclinic, 5 Thredbo Terrace Jindabyne. For more information and to reserve a place please call 6457 2627 by August 21.