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Age-friendly communities grant for City of Melville and City of Belmont

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 Melville, in collaboration with the City of Belmont was awarded a $20,000 grant for a pilot project that creates opportunities for vulnerable older adults through engagement and social participation.

The project aims to build community capacity in order to better-respond to individuals who are at risk of social isolation. The project will provide local connectors who will promote the project throughout the community to raise awareness of age-friendly communities and to attract participation by local volunteers.

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,” 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, 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.

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

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