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.