Don’t Fall on Your Date, Mate! Get Moving to Prevent Falls

March 4, 2021

Injury Matters has launched the Stay On Your Feet® Move Your Body Campaign with a community event held in East Fremantle yesterday, supported by, the City of Fremantle, the City of Melville, COTA WA, Melville Cares, and the Stroke Foundation. The crowd enjoyed an informative event, learning how to prevent falls while trying Tai Chi, Chair Yoga and Active Light exercises.

The Move Your Body campaign urges older adults to prevent falls by building their balance and strengthening their legs through fun, regular physical activity. Falls are the leading cause of injury for people aged over 65 in WA, with 1 in 3 adults over 65 having a fall each year.1,2  

In 2018, there were 27,327 falls-related hospitalisations in WA which consumed 172,099 bed days at an approximate cost of $244,845,273.3

Injury Matters Injury Prevention Manager, Rachel Meade said, “A quarter of falls among older adults involve poor balance and changes in walking style,”

“Strong legs are needed to safely climb stairs, help you out of a chair or remain up-right if you get knocked off balance. Good balance is essential for everyday activities such as walking or putting your shoes on,” she said.

“You’re never too old or too young to start. Older adults can maintain and even regain leg strength, balance and mobility by staying active and preforming simple exercises that can be done in your own home,” she said.

The three-month Move Your Body campaign is activated through a range of events taking place across WA. Stay On Your Feet® offers information and resources providing simple, practical tips to get active. Find out more about the Stay On Your Feet® program and how to prevent falls at www.stayonyourfeet.com.au or contact 1300 30 35 40.

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For further information, interview, and photo opportunities, contact Ashleigh Kostecki, Communications and Marketing Coordinator, on 6166 7688 or [email protected]

References

  1. Chronic Disease Prevention Directorate. Western Australian Health Promotion Strategic Framework 2017 – 2021. (2017). 
  2. Bradley, C., Australian Institute of Health and Welfare & Flinders University. Trends in hospitalisations due to falls by older people, Australia: 1999-00 to 2010-11. (2013). 
  3. Injury Matters: Sweeney, R., Meade, R. and Visser, M. (2020). 2020 Western Australian Falls Report. Perth, Western Australia: Injury Matters.