Injury Matters has awarded Stay Steady in Canning Vale a $4300 Stay On Your Feet® grant to help older members of the Indian community stay on their feet with a tailored strength and balance program.
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.
“We congratulate the Stay Steady for this initiative and hope that community members will take up this opportunity, which can help keep them fit and reduce their risk of falls so they can keep enjoying life in the community,” she said.
Stay Steady physiotherapists Abha Choudhary and Simranpreet Kaur Mahal said that there are no falls prevention or strength and balance groups running in the Indian community in Perth at present.
“Having a program run in our own regional language will enable participants to understand clearly, and to positively deal with the issue of falls prevention, and keep them healthy and living independently longer,” Ms Choudhary.
The classes will be based on proven falls prevention programs and participants will be evaluated before starting and after the program finishes.
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.
“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,” Ms Meade said.
“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 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.