Are you at Risk?
Unless you’ve injured yourself in a fall, ‘avoiding’ a fall is probably the last thing on your mind.
Each year 1 in 3 people aged 65 and over will fall, for people aged 80 and over, the risk increases to 1 in 2.
Many falls are preventable and we want to help you stay on your feet and live the life you want to live. ‘Live Stronger for Longer’
One of the ways you can reduce your falls risk is by attending exercise classes specifically designed to improve your strength and balance. Research has shown that when people exercise to strengthen their legs and core, their balance improves, and as a result their risk of falls reduces by almost a third.
Only classes that meet ACC’s requirements for ‘Community Strength and Balance’ will be eligible to use the quality mark. Look for the tick when selecting a class to know that it meets the high nationally agreed standards.
What is your falls risk?
- Have you slipped, tripped or fallen in the last year?
- Have you had to use your hands to get out of a chair?
- Have you stopped doing some activities because you are afraid you might lose your balance?
- Are you worry about falling?
If you answered ‘Yes’ to any of the above and you would like to stay stronger for longer, come along to a strength and balance class. Talk to your GP or health professional today.
Please note that most classes take a break over the summer holidays - so please contact the class facilitator for dates.