The City of Armadale in partnership with Injury Matters are working to raise awareness of the impact of medication on falls in older residents as part of the current Stay On Your Feet® Check Your Medicines campaign. The campaign focuses on the importance of good medication management as a strategy to reduce falls amongst older adults.
The City of Armadale has over 9000 residents over the age of 60, including many people of Aboriginal heritage or from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, who are statistically at higher risk of falls. With one in three Australians over 65 having a fall each year, awareness of the role of medications in reducing the incidence of falls is vital for keeping residents independent and in their own home for as long as possible.
City of Armadale Mayor Henry Zelones OAM, JP said it is vitally important to keep track of your medications and ensure you have an up to date list of everything that you’re currently taking.
“If you experience any side effects, especially when taking sleeping tablets, take time to have a medicine review with your GP or Pharmacist and reduce your risk of a fall,” he said.
Supported by a grant from Injury Matters’ Stay On Your Feet® program, the City of Armadale recently held a Check Your Medicines seminar with keynote speakers from local Armadale services, including Geriatric Consultant Dr Nicholas Waldren.
Injury Matters Injury Prevention Manager, Rachel Meade, said good medicine management strategies help to keep older adults independent and healthy as they age.
“Simple things like speaking to your GP or pharmacist about side effects before starting a new medicine, keeping a list of your medications, or speaking to your GP or pharmacist about a medicine review can make all the difference,” Ms Meade said.
Participants of the City’s seminar were provided information on good sleep hygiene practices as an alternative option to using sleeping pills and encouraged to speak to their pharmacist for a free medicine review. A key take home message for participants was that falls are preventable.