Reducing falls in over 65s

Dec 19, 2017

Every year, one in three people aged 65 and over injure themselves in a fall.  This rises to one in two once you reach 80.  The good news is falls aren’t a natural part of the ageing process so can be prevented if you know the risks.  Doing exercises that strengthen your leg and core muscles and improve balance will reduce your risk of falling.    It’s that simple.  For more information, check out the 'Live Stronger for Longer' website.
Community strength and balance classes are available throughout Taranaki, and are required to meet a set of clinical criteria.   Below is some more information about the Community Strength and Balance programme in Taranaki, and its Coordinator, Hilary Blackstock.
Tēnā koutou, My name is Hilary Blackstock, I am the Community Strength & Balance Coordinator based at Sport Taranaki.
My role is to increase the availability of safe, fun, effective & Approved Strength & Balance classes in the Taranaki Community with the goal being to reduce the number of falls and fall related injuries for those aged over 65.
This will be achieved by:
  • Offering free training and support for refresher and starter courses on Strength and Balance to those people interested in leading Strength & Balance classes.  Support can be around establishing new classes or incorporating strength and balance components into existing classes.
  • Providing ongoing support for classes and leaders
  • Promoting classes across Taranaki
If you are worried about falling or would like to know more, please contact me on 021480180, 06 7590930 ext 724 or by email at [email protected]


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