Eating a healthy diet is a protective factor for preventing falls and falls-related injuries due to its role in helping to improve muscle and bone strength. It is important to consume an adequate amount of vitamin D, calcium, and protein to reduce the risk of a fall.
Expressions of Interest for Remove Hazards grants have been extended until Friday 8 October 2021! Grants of up to $5,000 (plus GST) are available and will fund projects running between 1 March and 31 May 2022.
On Wednesday 15th of September, Injury Matters in partnership with the City of Swan, Cancer Council and East Metropolitan Health Service hosted a Fuel Your Body workshop at Swan Active Beechboro.
If you haven’t yet heard, our Improve Your Health campaign launched on 1st September, with a key theme of supporting older adults to eat regular, nutritious meals to fuel their bodies with the energy it needs to stay strong and active to prevent falls. Get involved in the campaign here! Good nutrition is vital for healthy ageing and older adults are encouraged to consume a balanced diet that includes a variety of food groups, enough water, and limited alcohol.
Falls and falls-related injuries continue to be a significant public health issue in Western Australia, ranking as the leading cause of injury hospitalisations in 2019.
An individual’s diet, medication intake, and cognitive ability can influence an individual’s falls risk and maintaining overall health and wellbeing is essential for healthy ageing. The Improve Your Health campaign encourages older adults to prevent falls by getting their medicines checked, keeping a healthy mind, and fueling their bodies.
Congratulations to the following successful recipients for the upcoming Improve Your Health grants! These grant recipients will be implementing falls prevention initiatives in their community throughout September to November 2021, in line with the Improve Your Health messaging.
During the 2020/2021 financial year through a clear purpose, evidence base and commitment to collaboration and partnerships, Injury Matters continued to have a positive impact on the lives of older Western Australians by promoting active ageing and independence through the Stay On Your Feet® program. Over the past 12 months, the Stay On Your Feet® program delivered a variety of activities to raise awareness of how older adults can prevent slips, trips and falls.
On Friday the 28th of May, Injury Matters in partnership with the City of Busselton hosted Give It a Go Day at Geographe Leisure Centre.
Anna Foley (Physiotherapist) engaged all participants in a warm up before Chair Yoga and Zumba started. Both activities were extremely popular and participants had a blast! At the completion of the exercises, Anna delivered a Q & A session whilst participants cooled down. The focus of the Q & A was the importance of building strength and challenging balance for falls prevention as part of the Stay On Your Feet® Move Your Body campaign.
We hope to replicate a similar event again soon due to the overwhelming positive feedback from participants.
Injury Matters General Manager – Injury Prevention said “Try to find activities that you enjoy to build your balance and strengthen your legs, not only will you get the physical benefits but you can enjoy with friends”.
To find out ways to get involved visit https://www.stayonyourfeet.com.au/over60/ or give us a call on 1300 30 35 40.
Injury Matters is pleased to have been supporting the Ironbark Research Project in Mirrabooka and Bunbury for the past two years.