Are you steady on your feet? How to prevent falls!

We’ve just wrapped up our June Stay Standing Program, an educational 8 week program on how to avoid falls as we grow older. It is Australia’s only national quality accredited falls prevention program.

Did you know that one out of five falls causes a serious injury such as broken bones or a head injury with the Queensland Ambulance Service providing 22,744 attendances in just one year to adults aged 65 years and older who had fallen, with more attendances in the cooler months (May to July). The rate of attendance increased with age, with the highest rate being for adults aged 85 years and over. Most attendances were inside private residences (56%), followed by nursing homes (24%).*

We can help you reduce the risk of falls. It is easier to Stay Standing when you know how. This program is a mixture of education with highly skilled medical and Allied Health professionals as well as exercises.

The ladies from our latest course, pictured below, found that it strengthened their legs and helped their walking. They also learnt at least one useful tip from every professional talk, helping them to prevent falls in the future.

The morning teas were a great hit for the social aspect and Valery is now balancing with her eyes closed, something she never thought she would be able to do.

If you would like to join our fantastic Stay Standing facilitators Rossana and Minky this month, please call Sandy, Assistant Coordinator, on 07 3871 3220.

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From left to right: June, Marie, Lyn, Shirley, Rossana, Valery, Pam, Leah and Minky.

*Statistics from www.health.qld.gov.au

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