Slips, trips and falls are common in older people. As we age, our bodies change and we lose strength and balance. This can increase the risk of tripping over or having a fall. A fall can be a life changing event, resulting in serious injury, a loss of confidence and reduced independence.
The good news is that falls are not an inevitable part of growing older- they can be prevented. Research has shown that it is possible to reduce the risk of tripping, slipping and falling by staying active and doing some simple exercises to improve your balance
By improving your balance and strength, you can reduce your risk of falling and causing an injury or breaking a bone. Activities which are particularly good for balance and strength include dancing, gym sessions, group exercise classes, home exercises, lawn bowls, Pilates, Tai Chi and yoga.
There are many other things you can do to help yourself stay active and on your feet. This website not only provides information about exercises, but also about your health, making your home environment safe, what to do if you do have a fall, and home and lifestyle checklists to help you reduce your risk.
For more information on fall prevention, read the Staying Active and on Your Feet booklet (this should be a link). This booklet is also available in other languages.
You can also request a copy of the booklet to be mailed to you at home. Request a free printed version of the Staying Active and on Your Feet booklet (free in NSW only).
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