April Falls Month Be Stronger, Live Better

April Falls Month Be Stronger, Live Better

22 March 2013

April is Falls Prevention Month and Northern Sydney Medicare Local (NSML) is encouraging everyone in the community to make falls prevention their business.

Approximately one out of three people 65 and older fall each year, but less than half talk to their healthcare providers about it because they fear what it means for their health down the track and their ability to stay in their home.

In partnership with the Northern Sydney Local Health District, NSML is enlisting local health providers to spread the word on simple ways to help prevent falls and to reduce the resistance associated with reporting a fall.

Were asking a range of health providers, from general practitioners, through to physiotherapists and pharmacists to help raise awareness and educate their patients on simple ways to help prevent falls both in the home and out and about, said Di Sfiligoi, Manager of Allied and Community Health, at Northern Sydney Medicare Local.

There are many approaches to reduce the risk of falling and suffering a fall-related injury. Better balance and strength are identified as focus areas for this years Falls Prevention Month.

In addition to doing moderate exercise within your own limits for at least 30 minutes on most days of the week, there are a range of simple exercises to help with increasing balance and strength that can be done in the comfort of your own home, Di continued.

Several local practices in the area are running their own falls prevention campaigns during April. They will be supplied with a Falls Prevention poster for their waiting rooms and pamphlets on improving balance.

Eighty-five year-old Caterina Cosse, has overcome her physical ailments by exercising regularly to improve her strength and balance. From an initial diagnosis of osteoporotic (brittle bones), with her exercise program, Caterina now has improved bone strength and is no longer concerned about falling.

In the beginning, it was a bit strenuous but you get used to it, Caterina explained. The exercises I do give me power and strength. And theres always somebody at the practice to show me what to do, and to explain it properly.

For free fact sheets on Strength and Balance and Home Exercises, which include a range of simple exercises to follow, visit www.nsml.com.au/for-community or phone NSML for a copy on 9477 8700.

Northern Sydney Medicare Local (NSML) is a local not-for-profit organisation working to make it easier for people in Hornsby, Ryde, Ku-ring-gai and Hunters Hill to access the health services they need. For more information on Northern Sydney Medicare Local, visit www.nsml.com.au