Local agencies will be on hand in Priory Meadow Shopping Centre on Tuesday 24th June to give information and advice to mark National Falls Awareness Day.
The theme of this year’s day is “Stepping Out” and there will be demonstrations of activities throughout the day for people to have a go at:
11 – 11.30am: Have a go at boccia, a game like bowls played with soft balls for people of any age or ability
12.30 – 1pm – Chair based exercise session – seated exercises to help maintain muscle tone and mobility
2.30 – 3pm – Tai chi demonstration with “Masters” from the Qigong Association of Beijing, who are on a visit from China.
The Primary Care Trust’s Falls Prevention Team will be there to talk to people about individual concerns, whilst colleagues from the Health Promotion department will be able to advise on leading a healthier life. There will also be information available from In Touch Home Improvement Agency, Casa Lifeline, Age Concern Hastings and Active Hastings.
Walking stick checks will be available on the day and there will be free nightlights or light switch illuminators available.
Angela Broomfield, Health Promotion Specialist Older People for the PCT, said: “One person dies every five hours as the result of a fall in their home, so raising awareness is a critical issue.
“We hope that older people, their friends and families will come along on the day to find out a bit more, learn to recognise the hazards and make practical changes that will reduce their risk of falling.”