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Build Your Balance Campaign

Stay on Your Feet®’s Build Your Balance campaign finished on 30 November 2017, after a three month focus on the importance of building and maintaining balance to reduce the risk of falls. The campaign was a huge success and included a number of events and activities for both health professionals and the wider community including a launch event in Narrogin and a forum for health professionals.

Four grants were awarded as part of the Build Your Balance campaign to help support community focused programs aimed at addressing the campaign’s key messages:
• Stay Steady in Canning Vale received a grant to help older members of the Indian community stay on their feet with a tailored strength and balance program.
• The City of Armadale received a grant to train professionals from the health and fitness industry in falls prevention for older adults.
• The Shire of Murray ran balance focused chair yoga and warm water yoga classes for older adults.
• A joint application was awarded to the Cities of Gosnells and Canning to run a balance-focused chair tai chi program.

Through requests, orders and community displays during the campaign, 800 copies of the new Build Your Balance exercise video were distributed as well as receiving over 1,500 views on YouTube. During the campaign, Stay On Your Feet® peer educators presented to 33 community groups focusing on the importance of building and maintaining balance to prevent falls. Stay On Your Feet® also attended 11 community displays and expos and received over 280 community enquiries.

The next campaign, Make Your Home Safer launches on 1 February 2018. Keep an eye on our website for more information on how to get involved.

Building balance the key to staying on your feet in City of Armadale

Injury Matters has awarded the City of Armadale a $5000 Stay On Your Feet® grant to train professionals from the fitness and medical industry in falls prevention for older adults.

Tony Petta, a senior physiotherapist working in falls prevention at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital will deliver the training.  Those trained will then pass on their knowledge in the community.

City of Armadale Mayor Henry Zelones OAM, JP said the funding will assist to train those working with older adults in the area, and help them learn new skills, or upgrade their knowledge.

“We know that people want to remain in their own homes and stay independent. Providing extra training for those working with them will be a great help and reduce the risk of falls with older people in the community,” he said.

Injury Prevention Manager Rachel Meade said building your balance is one of the key ways for older adults to stay on their feet and help protect themselves from a fall.

“We congratulate the City of Armadale for this initiative, and look forward to this training being undertaken, and passing on this training to older adults in their community.  This will help them keep fit and reduce their risk of falls so they can keep enjoying life in the community,” she said.

This round of Stay On Your Feet® grants are part of the Build Your Balance campaign, which aims to improve older adults balance to reduce their risk of having a slip, trip or fall.  Activities that improve an older adult’s balance and posture, and strengthens muscles and bones, can also improve overall fitness and general wellbeing.

“One in every ten bed days spent in hospital by a person aged 65 and older in 2010-11 was directly attributable to a fall,” Ms Meade said.

“We want people to know that falls are preventable, and that by, keeping a healthy mind through activities and social groups, building your balance along with strengthening your legs, removing trip hazards from your home, people can avoid falls and stay independent,”

“Other than the huge emotional and physical cost of a fall, which can be very painful and affect your independence, there is also a very significant financial cost to the community – falls cost about $2.2 billion per year in WA alone,”

Injury Matters coordinates Stay On Your Feet® which promotes how to keep active and alert through the Move Improve Remove campaigns and prevent slips, trips and falls.

Injury Matters aims to empower, influence and collaborate with the WA community to prevent injury and support recovery, because it believes all West Australians can live life uninterrupted by injury.

For more information visit www.stayonyourfeet.com.au or www.injurymatters.org.au.

Building balance the key to staying on your feet in the Shire of Murray

Injury Matters has awarded the Shire of Murray a $2000 grant to help its older members stay on their feet with balance-focused chair yoga and warm water yoga classes.

Shire of Murray President Cr Maree Reid said Murray Leisure Centre currently offers a range of aerobic sessions for the more active seniors, but this would provide additional options for those with limited mobility or who have difficulty balancing.

“These classes will help increase flexibility, improve balance and posture, which reduces the risk of falls,” she said.

The chair yoga postures can be modified to accommodate those with differing abilities, while the warm water yoga classes in the hydrotherapy pool take the principles and movements of yoga and adapts them to the water environment. With the release of gravity, the body is able to find the optimum stretch.

This round of Stay On Your Feet® grants are part of the Build Your Balance campaign, which aims to improve older adults balance to reduce their risk of having a slip, trip or fall.  Activities that improve an older adult’s balance and posture, and strengthens muscles and bones, can also improve overall fitness and general wellbeing.

Injury Prevention Manager Rachel Meade said building your balance is one of the key ways for older adults to stay on their feet and help protect themselves from a fall.

“One in every ten bed days spent in hospital by a person aged 65 and older in 2010-11 was directly attributable to a fall,”

“We want people to know that falls are preventable, and that by, keeping a healthy mind through activities and social groups, building your balance along with strengthening your legs, removing trip hazards from your home, people can avoid falls and stay independent,”

“Other than the huge emotional and physical cost of a fall, which can be very painful and affect your independence, there is also a very significant financial cost to the WA community – falls cost about $2.2 billion per year in WA alone,”

Injury Matters coordinates Stay On Your Feet® which promotes how to keep active and alert through the Move Improve Remove campaigns and prevent slips, trips and falls.

Injury Matters aims to empower, influence and collaborate with the WA community to prevent injury and support recovery, because it believes all West Australians can live life uninterrupted by injury.

For more information visit www.stayonyourfeet.com.au or www.injurymatters.org.au.

For the chair yoga and warm water yoga class times contact the Murray Leisure Centre – visit www.murray.wa.gov.au or call 9531 7777.

Building balance the key to staying on your feet in Canning Vale

Injury Matters has awarded Stay Steady in Canning Vale a $4300 Stay On Your Feet® grant to help older members of the Indian community stay on their feet with a tailored strength and balance program.

Injury Prevention Manager Rachel Meade said building your balance is one of the key ways for older adults to stay on their feet and help protect themselves from a fall.

“We congratulate the Stay Steady for this initiative and hope that community members will take up this opportunity, which can help keep them fit and reduce their risk of falls so they can keep enjoying life in the community,” she said.

Stay Steady physiotherapists Abha Choudhary and Simranpreet Kaur Mahal said that there are no falls prevention or strength and balance groups running in the Indian community in Perth at present.

“Having a program run in our own regional language will enable participants to understand clearly, and to positively deal with the issue of falls prevention, and keep them healthy and living independently longer,” Ms Choudhary.

The classes will be based on proven falls prevention programs and participants will be evaluated before starting and after the program finishes.

This round of Stay On Your Feet® grants are part of the Build Your Balance campaign, which aims to improve older adults balance to reduce their risk of having a slip, trip or fall.  Activities that improve an older adult’s balance and posture, and strengthens muscles and bones, can also improve overall fitness and general wellbeing.

“One in every ten bed days spent in hospital by a person aged 65 and older in 2010-11 was directly attributable to a fall,” Ms Meade said.

“We want people to know that falls are preventable, and that by, keeping a healthy mind through activities and social groups, building your balance along with strengthening your legs, removing trip hazards from your home, people can avoid falls and stay independent,”

“Other than the huge emotional and physical cost of a fall, which can be very painful and affect your independence, there is also a very significant financial cost to the community – falls cost about $2.2 billion per year in WA alone,”

Injury Matters coordinates Stay On Your Feet® which promotes how to keep active and alert through the Move Improve Remove campaigns and prevent slips, trips and falls.

Injury Matters aims to empower, influence and collaborate with the WA community to prevent injury and support recovery, because it believes all West Australians can live life uninterrupted by injury.

For more information visit www.stayonyourfeet.com.au or www.injurymatters.org.au.

Building balance the key to staying on your feet in Cities of Canning and Gosnells

Injury Matters has awarded the City of Gosnells and City of Canning a $4000 grant to help its older members stay on their feet with a balance-focused chair tai chi program.

The program will be inclusive of diverse groups residing within the City of Gosnells and the City of Canning, with culturally and linguistically diverse, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island community members encouraged to take part.

City of Gosnells Mayor Olwen Searle said seniors would be provided with a handbook that summarises all the movements they would learn during the program.

“This program provides the perfect opportunity for local seniors to enjoy all the benefits of tai chi from a seated position,” Mayor Searle said.

City of Canning Mayor Paul Ng said participants would be encouraged to challenge their balance daily and keep a record of their personal exercise journey.

“Seniors who take part in the program will also receive a chart to record their progress during the 12-week program,” Mayor Ng said.

Stay On Your Feet® grants aim to improve older adults balance to reduce their risk of having a slip, trip or fall.  Moving your body improves an older adult’s balance and posture, strengthens muscles and bones and improves overall fitness and general wellbeing.

This round of Stay On Your Feet® grants are part of the Build Your Balance campaign, which aims to improve older adults balance to reduce their risk of having a slip, trip or fall.  Activities that improve an older adult’s balance and posture, and strengthens muscles and bones, can also improve overall fitness and general wellbeing.

Injury Prevention Manager Rachel Meade said building your balance is one of the key ways for older adults to stay on their feet and help protect themselves from a fall.

“One in every ten bed days spent in hospital by a person aged 65 and older in 2010-11 was directly attributable to a fall,”

“We want people to know that falls are preventable, and that by, keeping a healthy mind through activities and social groups, building your balance along with strengthening your legs, removing trip hazards from your home, people can avoid falls and stay independent,”

“Other than the huge emotional and physical cost of a fall, which can be very painful and affect your independence, there is also a very significant financial cost to the WA community – falls cost about $2.2 billion per year in WA alone,”

Injury Matters coordinates Stay On Your Feet® which promotes how to keep active and alert through the Move Improve Remove campaigns and prevent slips, trips and falls.

Injury Matters aims to empower, influence and collaborate with the WA community to prevent injury and support recovery, because it believes all West Australians can live life uninterrupted by injury.

For more information visit www.stayonyourfeet.com.au or www.injurymatters.org.au.

To register for the chair tai chi classes contact the City of Gosnells Senior Services on 9391 6030.

Media note: Discharged from hospital, admitted to aged care: how hip fractures strip Australians of independence

Injury Matters, which delivers Stay On Your Feet WA® responds to the recent article in WA Today http://www.watoday.com.au/national/health/discharged-from-hospital-admitted-to-aged-care-how-hip-fractures-strip-australians-of-independence-20170915-gyi4vo.html about the numbers of older adults experiencing hip fractures and being unable to return to independent living.

Rachel Meade, Injury Prevention Manager is available for comment on the following:

  • Falls are preventable. Hip fractures can be prevented by preventing falls.
  • The Stay On Your Feet®program, which promotes how to keep active and alert through the Move Improve Remove campaigns.
  • The importance of older adults taking steps to stay on their feet and avoid slips, trips and falls, to help them stay independent and living long, healthy lives.
  • The economic, social and emotional costs associated with falls in WA.
  • For more information visit stayonyourfeet.com.au.

Contact:  Penny Carroll, Communications Lead
Ph: 041 790 1826
Email:  pcarroll@injurymatters.org.au

 

Media note: ‘Wheatbelt greys as retirees replace youngsters’

Injury Matters, which delivers Stay On Your Feet WA® responds to the recent article in The West Australian ‘Wheatbelt greys as retirees replace youngsters about greater numbers of older adults living in the Wheatbelt.

Rachel Meade, Injury Prevention Manager is available for comment on the following:

  • The upcoming campaign launch for Stay On Your Feet® that is happening in the Wheatbelt (John Higgins Centre, Narrogin, on Friday 1 September from 10.00am).
  • The economic, social and emotional costs associated with falls in WA.
  • The importance of older adults taking steps to stay on their feet and avoid slips, trips and falls, throughout WA, including regional areas to help them stay independent and living long, healthy lives.
  • For more information visit stayonyourfeet.com.au.

Contact:  Penny Carroll, Communications Lead
Ph: 041 790 1826
Email:  pcarroll@injurymatters.org.au

2017 falls prevention survey for health professionals

Thank you to the 246 health professionals who completed the 2017 falls prevention survey.

We are happy to report that the majority of participants (95.8%) discussed falls prevention with their patients/clients/community members, with the top falls prevention strategies discussed being: removing hazards (95.1%), being physically active (90.6%) and wearing safe footwear (89.3%).

The least nominated strategies discussed were maintaining an active mind (68.9%), eating healthy food (62.6%) and getting exposure to sunlight (58.9%). Due to the reported variance in the discussion of falls prevention strategies, Stay On Your Feet® will continue to work to increase the awareness of the importance of all falls prevention behaviours.

Respondents reported a range of enablers to discussing falls prevention with their patients/clients/community members, including; their knowledge of falls prevention (73.7%), the use of printed resources (64.3%) and their skills to identify falls prevention strategies (63.5%). However, some respondents (24.9%) did experience some barriers to discussing falls preventing including their clients cognition (38 respondents) and time (31 respondents). Unfortunately, these barriers are beyond the direct control of Stay On Your Feet®, however we will continue to develop and provide relevant falls prevention materials and professional development events and advocate for the necessary resources to support falls prevention activities.

In addition to the health professional’s survey, community members completed a falls prevention survey. Of the 274 community members who completed the survey almost half (46.3%) had experienced a slip, trip or fall in the last 12 months. The main nominated reasons for the slip, trip or fall were carelessness (42.9%), uneven surfaces (38.9%) and getting older (27.8%). There was a high level of agreement by participants (84.2%) that falls are preventable, however some participants believe risk of falling is a part of aging and diminishing independence. This is an attitude that Stay On Your Feet® will to address as it makes the uptake of intervention strategies more difficult.

Your responses, along with the community member’s responses, will help guide our future direction, so thank you to all respondents.

 

Age-friendly communities grant for Cities of Joondalup, Stirling and Wanneroo

Media release – 27.7.17

Injury Matters congratulated the 17 local government winners of the Age-Friendly Communities Local Government Grants Program.

The City of Joondalup, in partnership with the City of Stirling and City of Wanneroo, was awarded a $19,860 grant for a collaborative initiative that supports older adults to use public transport when other transport options may no longer be available to them.

Two training programs will be delivered to 120 volunteers, who will then be partnered with one or more older adults to teach them how to use public transport. The project aims to increase the capacity of older people to use public transport and reduce the economic, social and other associated barriers (real or perceived) linked to transport use.

Injury Prevention Manager Rachel Meade said keeping a healthy mind through social connectedness is an important part of maintaining a healthy lifestyle and can help older adults stay on their feet.

“We commend the City of Melville and City of Belmont for this initiative and hope that community members in the area will take up this opportunity, which can help maintain or improve their connections with their community. This will help people to maintain healthy, active lives in the community and remain independent,”

“One in every ten bed days spent in hospital by a person aged 65 and older in 2010-11 was directly attributable to a fall,”

“We want people to know that falls are preventable, and that by, keeping a healthy mind through activities and social groups, building your balance along with strengthening your legs, removing trip hazards from your home, people can avoid falls and stay independent,”

“Other than the huge emotional and physical cost of a fall, which can be very painful and affect your independence, there is also a very significant financial cost to the WA community – falls cost about $2.2 billion per year in WA alone,”

Injury Matters coordinates Stay On Your Feet® which promotes how to keep active and alert through the Move Improve Remove campaigns and prevent slips, trips and falls.

Injury Matters aims to empower, influence and collaborate with the WA community to prevent injury and support recovery, because it believes all West Australians can live life uninterrupted by injury.

For more information visit www.stayonyourfeet.com.au or www.injurymatters.org.au.

Age-friendly communities grant for Shire of Nannup

Media release – 27.7.17

Injury Matters congratulated the 17 local government winners of the Age-Friendly Communities Local Government Grants Program.

The Shire of Nannup was awarded a $17,486 grant for a home maintenance program for older adults in need and who live in the shire.

The project will include home maintenance, gardening, fire preparedness, changing smoke detectors, providing firewood, and cleaning windows. Consultation with older adults has identified that they do not want to ask for assistance. The program aims to help older adults to remain living in Nannup and to improve socialisation and connection to the community.

Injury Prevention Manager Rachel Meade said it was important for older adults to know their limits, which included when to get assistance when using ladders for home and garden maintenance, to help avoid falls.

“We commend the Shire of Nannup for this initiative and hope that community members in the area will take up this opportunity, which can help keep them avoid falls so they can keep living healthy lives in the community,” she said.

“One in every ten bed days spent in hospital by a person aged 65 and older in 2010-11 was directly attributable to a fall,”

“We want people to know that falls are preventable, and that by building your balance along with strengthening your legs, removing trip hazards from your home, people reduce the risk of falls and stay independent,”

“Other than the huge emotional and physical cost of a fall, which can be very painful and affect your independence, there is also a very significant financial cost to the WA community – falls cost about $2.2 billion per year in WA alone,”

Injury Matters coordinates Stay On Your Feet® which promotes how to keep active and alert through the Move Improve Remove campaigns and prevent slips, trips and falls.

Injury Matters aims to empower, influence and collaborate with the WA community to prevent injury and support recovery, because it believes all West Australians can live life uninterrupted by injury.

For more information visit www.stayonyourfeet.com.au or www.injurymatters.org.au.

Stay On Your Feet® is provided by Injury Matters and funded by the Western Australian Department of Health.

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