Injury Matters has awarded the City of Armadale a $5000 Stay On Your Feet® grant to train professionals from the fitness and medical industry in falls prevention for older adults.
Tony Petta, a senior physiotherapist working in falls prevention at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital will deliver the training. Those trained will then pass on their knowledge in the community.
City of Armadale Mayor Henry Zelones OAM, JP said the funding will assist to train those working with older adults in the area, and help them learn new skills, or upgrade their knowledge.
“We know that people want to remain in their own homes and stay independent. Providing extra training for those working with them will be a great help and reduce the risk of falls with older people in the community,” he said.
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 City of Armadale for this initiative, and look forward to this training being undertaken, and passing on this training to older adults in their community. This will help them keep fit and reduce their risk of falls so they can keep enjoying life in the community,” she said.
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.