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Out and About Without Any Falls

June 25, 2007 2:32 PM

A number of senior citizens are helping highlight National Falls Awareness Day at Pollock Park this Tuesday, June 26th at 11.00 a.m. by taking a short walk through the park.
The event has been organised to highlight how serious falls can be for older adults but that falls and injuries don’t have to be an inevitable consequence of growing old.
Twenty to 30 senior citizens will take part in a walk around Pollock Park and at the end release a number of ‘Help the Aged Falls Day’ balloons.
Falling over at home is the number one cause for accidental death among older people in Scotland, and the number one cause of unplanned hospital admission . This year’s Help The Event is focusing on getting ‘Out and About’ and the message that falls can be prevented.
Nicola Nairn from the Home Falls Prevention Team wants people to be aware that there is a lot that can be done to help prevent falls.
She said: “Keeping fit and active in later life and doing the right kind of exercises not only reduces the risk of falling but improves their health and quality of life.
“All the people taking part in the walk have been or are currently going through exercise classes at the David Cargill Centre, Battlefield. The benefit for patients is enormous and they have fun along the way.
“I would also like to take this opportunity to thank the Glasgow Older People Welfare Association (GOPWA) for kindly donating two of their drivers and two of their minibuses to help bring people along to the event.“
Jean Binning is one of the success stories of the service. She said: "I was fortunate enough to be referred to the Falls Clinic.
“The exercises are all devised to improve balance and strengthen muscles in an older person and the whole 12 week programme restored my confidence after a bad fall outside my home.   I found the well trained physiotherapists to be caring and encouraging.
“It is essential to carry out the prescribed exercises not only when attending but afterwards at home to maintain your level of fitness.   It’s not easy and hard to discipline oneself but the rewards are great."
The Home Falls Prevention Programme aims to prevent further falls by providing a comprehensive falls screening service, health education, exercise, rehabilitation and inward referral. 
The service is available to individuals in Greater Glasgow over the age of 65, who live at home and have had a fall within the last year.
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Notes to Editors
 
The walk will begin at 11.00 am from the car park near to Pollock House and will carry on to the stables. Everyone will then make their way to the Burrell Collection Café for lunch about 12 noon.
The media are invited to join the walk or meet in the Burrell Collection Café for pictures and interviews with patients and staff.
 
 
 
For further information contact 0141 201 4429.

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