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Healthy Eyes for Falls Prevention

Did you know that good vision helps prevent us from having a fall?

Our vision plays a key role in maintaining our balance and identifying hazards in our environment, so we can navigate around them.

Falls prevention is just one of the reasons why it’s important to make sure we get our eyes tested every two years, or even more regularly if we notice any changes in our eyesight. Symptoms of deteriorating vision can include;

  • Clouded vision,
  • Sensitivity to light,
  • Difficulty with vision at night, and
  • Dry or watery eyes.

To get your eyes tested or to talk about any concerns you have with your eyes, visit your GP or Optometrist.

You can follow these tips to help you improve your vision;

  • Wear properly fitted glasses, as advised by your Optometrist,
  • Take time to adjust to new lenses,
  • Make sure bifocals fit correctly,
  • Allow your eyes to adjust when moving to an area of different light, and
  • Clean your glasses often.

 

Click here for more information about checking your eyesight to prevent falls.

Remove Hazards campaign launch

On 1 September 2020, Injury Matters launched the Stay On Your Feet® Remove Hazards Campaign, at the Mandurah Seniors and Community Centre. The event was supported by the City of Mandurah with stalls from Emprise Mobility, Silver Chain, Pets of Older Persons (POOPS), Mandurah Podiatry, Podiatry WA, Indigo, VisAbility and the Paraplegic Benefit Fund, allowing older adults to engage with local health professionals from the Peel Region and increase their falls prevention knowledge. Continue reading “Remove Hazards campaign launch”

Spotlight on Pets of Older Persons (POOPS)!

Almost two thirds of Australian households own pets, seeing the benefits of companionship and improved mental health and wellbeing. Pets are particularly important for those over the age of 65 as they can also provide routine, focus and a sense of safety and purpose for their owners. However, when pets aren’t getting the exercise they need, they can quite literally get under our feet!

Continue reading “Spotlight on Pets of Older Persons (POOPS)!”

2020 WA Falls Report

Falls are a significant public health issue affecting Western Australian families and the economy, with falls ranking as the leading cause of injury hospitalisations and emergency department attendances in 2018. Bringing attention to the incidence of falls-related fatalities, hospitalisations and emergency department attendances in Western Australia and the need to implement effective falls prevention initiatives, Injury Matters has released the 2020 Western Australian Falls Report. Continue reading “2020 WA Falls Report”

Remove Hazards: Coming soon!

We’re partnering with the City of Mandurah to launch our latest falls prevention campaign, Remove Hazards, this September with support from local vendors for a community event.

This free event will include a Remove Hazards Presentation, a live question and answer session with an Occupational Therapist, Optometrist and Podiatrist, alongside information stalls and morning tea. The Remove Hazards campaign aims to raise awareness of the importance of safe environments to prevent falls and to promote healthy ageing, particularly supporting eye and foot health. Continue reading “Remove Hazards: Coming soon!”

Stay On Your Feet® program highlights 2019/20

Injury Matters is proud to deliver the Stay On Your Feet® program, on behalf of the Western Australian Department of Health, for the previous 19 years. During the 2019/2020 financial year the Stay On Your Feet® program continued to deliver innovative strategies that support community engagement and systemic change for falls prevention and active ageing.

Continue reading “Stay On Your Feet® program highlights 2019/20”

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

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Injury Matters acknowledge the Whadjuk Noongar people as the traditional custodians of the land on which we live and work, and recognises Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples continuing connection to land, waters and community across Western Australia.