Media release – 27.7.17
Injury Matters congratulated the 17 local government winners of the Age-Friendly Communities Local Government Grants Program.
The Shire of Victoria Plains was awarded a $5355 grant to implement a health and exercise program to help prevent injury and improve the physical and mental wellbeing of local older adults.
Group exercise classes will be developed and delivered by a local fitness instructor to improve cardiovascular fitness, muscular strength and flexibility. The sessions will also provide an opportunity for social interaction with other community members.
The project aims to assist older adults remain living in their homes and community for longer through increased strength and wellbeing.
Injury Prevention Manager Rachel Meade said building your balance and strengthening your legs are two of the key ways for seniors to stay on their feet and help protect themselves from a fall.
“We commend the Shire of Victoria Plains for this initiative and hope that community members in the area will take up this opportunity, which can help keep them fit and reduce their risk of falls so they can keep living healthy lives in the community,” 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 building your balance along with strengthening your legs, and 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.