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Benefits of Moving Your Body to Prevent Falls

It can be challenging to stay motivated when starting physical activity. Between the weather, aches, and the other to-dos on your list, moving your body can feel more like a chore than a fun activity. That is why it’s a great idea to have a friend or group to encourage you to stay active.

Moving your body well and regularly is the best way to develop strong legs and good balance. Strong legs and good balance are needed to do your everyday activities, such as shopping, gardening, and playing with your grandkids. Read on to find out more benefits of moving your body. Continue reading “Benefits of Moving Your Body to Prevent Falls”

Find an Activity you Love to Prevent Falls

There are plenty of enjoyable ways you can stay active and prevent slips, trips and falls by moving your body. The secret to committing to making your body stronger and balance better is finding an activity you genuinely love to do. This way, you stay motivated to keep active, have fun, and stay connected within the community.

Sports such as dancing, lawn bowls, swimming, tennis and golf have many healthy ageing benefits, including helping participants avoid falls. You can find an exercise class near you on the Stay On Your Feet® e-Directory, or contact a local sports club like the ones below. Continue reading “Find an Activity you Love to Prevent Falls”

Everyday Use of Strength and Balance

Everyday activities can help you move your body to strong. Common everyday tasks can help maintain your mobility while also challenging your strength and balance. Check out the suggestions below for activities that can improve your strength and balance. As a reminder, when starting a new activity, it is important to listen to your body and not overdo it to prevent injuries. Continue reading “Everyday Use of Strength and Balance”

2019 Western Australian Falls Report

Through the Stay On Your Feet® program, Injury Matters has developed the inaugural Western Australian Falls Report.

This report provides one document that captures the incidence of falls-related fatalities, hospitalisations, emergency department attendances and ambulance transportations due to falls in WA. The findings indicate that a Western Australian dies from a fall every 26 hours, is hospitalised due to a falls-related incident every 20 minutes and attends an emergency department every 12 minutes as the result of a fall. Continue reading “2019 Western Australian Falls Report”

Move Your Body grants now open

Expressions of interest now open for the Stay On Your Feet® Move Improve Remove grants. The grants, available in amounts up to $5000, will fund projects running between 1 September and 30 November 2019. The campaigns key messages and calls to action focus on the importance of improving older adults balance and leg strength to prevent falls by finding enjoyable activities that allow for ongoing improvement. Continue reading “Move Your Body grants now open”

Check Your Medicines campaign wrap-up

The Check Your Medicines campaign has ended, after a three-month focus on the importance of good medication management as a strategy to reduce falls amongst older adults. The campaign included events and activities for both health professionals and the wider community including a launch event in Merriwa, a media campaign and a forum held in partnership with the Pharmaceutical Society of Western Australia. Continue reading “Check Your Medicines campaign wrap-up”

City of Armadale combat falls through education

The City of Armadale in partnership with Injury Matters are working to raise awareness of the impact of medication on falls in older residents as part of the current Stay On Your Feet® Check Your Medicines campaign. The campaign focuses on the importance of good medication management as a strategy to reduce falls amongst older adults. Continue reading “City of Armadale combat falls through education”

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

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