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Building balance the key to staying on your feet in Cities of Canning and Gosnells

Injury Matters has awarded the City of Gosnells and City of Canning a $4000 grant to help its older members stay on their feet with a balance-focused chair tai chi program.

The program will be inclusive of diverse groups residing within the City of Gosnells and the City of Canning, with culturally and linguistically diverse, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island community members encouraged to take part.

City of Gosnells Mayor Olwen Searle said seniors would be provided with a handbook that summarises all the movements they would learn during the program.

“This program provides the perfect opportunity for local seniors to enjoy all the benefits of tai chi from a seated position,” Mayor Searle said.

City of Canning Mayor Paul Ng said participants would be encouraged to challenge their balance daily and keep a record of their personal exercise journey.

“Seniors who take part in the program will also receive a chart to record their progress during the 12-week program,” Mayor Ng said.

Stay On Your Feet® grants aim to improve older adults balance to reduce their risk of having a slip, trip or fall.  Moving your body improves an older adult’s balance and posture, strengthens muscles and bones and improves overall fitness and general wellbeing.

This round of Stay On Your Feet® grants are part of the Build Your Balance campaign, which aims to improve older adults balance to reduce their risk of having a slip, trip or fall.  Activities that improve an older adult’s balance and posture, and strengthens muscles and bones, can also improve overall fitness and general wellbeing.

Injury Prevention Manager Rachel Meade said building your balance is one of the key ways for older adults to stay on their feet and help protect themselves from a fall.

“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.

To register for the chair tai chi classes contact the City of Gosnells Senior Services on 9391 6030.

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.