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Building balance the key to staying on your feet in the Shire of Murray

Injury Matters has awarded the Shire of Murray a $2000 grant to help its older members stay on their feet with balance-focused chair yoga and warm water yoga classes.

Shire of Murray President Cr Maree Reid said Murray Leisure Centre currently offers a range of aerobic sessions for the more active seniors, but this would provide additional options for those with limited mobility or who have difficulty balancing.

“These classes will help increase flexibility, improve balance and posture, which reduces the risk of falls,” she said.

The chair yoga postures can be modified to accommodate those with differing abilities, while the warm water yoga classes in the hydrotherapy pool take the principles and movements of yoga and adapts them to the water environment. With the release of gravity, the body is able to find the optimum stretch.

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.

For the chair yoga and warm water yoga class times contact the Murray Leisure Centre – visit www.murray.wa.gov.au or call 9531 7777.

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.