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‘Up and About’ to cut falls in over-65s in Cumbria

One in three over-65s who live at home will have at least one fall a year Photo: ITV Border

A new campaign has been set up in Cumbria to help the elderly avoid falls and trips.

'Up and About' has been launched by Cumbria County Council’s Public Health and Communities teams.

The aim is to raise awareness of steps that can be taken to avoid falling over, including different types of exercise.

There are around 2,000 emergency hospital admissions for falls each year in people aged 65 and over in Cumbria.

Statistics show one in three adults over 65 who live at home have at least one fall a year.

By 2020, nearly 25% of the Cumbrian population will be aged over 65 Credit: ITV Border

'Up and About' give these top tips for staying steady:

  • Exercise regularly
  • Check your eyes and hearing
  • Ask your pharmacist to review any medicines or prescriptions
  • Take calcium for strong bones
  • Take vitamin D to support the body absorb calcium
  • Check your home for hazards
  • Look after your feet
  • If you’ve had a fall or are worried about falling, tell your GP

The Cabinet Member for Public Health and Community Services said:

Falling is a terrible thing for anyone, but as we get older they can begin to take their toll and lead to a loss of confidence, independence and worst of all they’re a big cause of hospital admissions and can result in serious injuries and long-term complications.

I welcome this campaign and the ongoing work of our Public Health and Communities teams to raise awareness of ways to prevent falls to keep us all up and about.”

– Councillor Deborah Earl, Cabinet Member, Public Health and Community Services

At the campaign's Sloppy Slipper Swap, old slippers can be swapped for a new non-slip pair.

There are also Tai Chi tasters and advice sessions on topics such as home hazards and the importance of medication reviews.

Sloppy Slipper Swap offers advice on reducing the risk of falls Credit: ITV Border

Cumbria County Council’s Director of Public Health said:

Falls and fractures are a common and serious health issue faced by older people, there are a large number of risk factors and the vast majority of falls could be prevented with some fairly modest changes to our lifestyle and homes.

We want every older person to have the best opportunity to live and age well without fear of falling and injury.”

– Colin Cox, Director of Public Health, Cumbria County Council

Events will be held across the county

Tuesday 26 September - Tai Chi event at Carlisle Library, 10.30am - 11.30am

Thursday 28 September - Tai Chi event at Penrith library, free Tai-Chi demo.

Friday 29 September - Sloppy Slipper Swap and advice session at Penrith library, 10am - 12noon. We will swap you - bring your old slippers in and we will give you a new pair! At the same time join us for a cuppa and cake at our Macmillan coffee morning - includes a raffle and tombola.

Allerdale

Monday 25 September

Silloth Library 10am - 12 noon Wigton Library 2pm - 4pm

Tuesday 26 September

Aspatria Library 10am - 12 noon Maryport Library 2pm - 4pm

Wednesday 27 September

Cockermouth Library 10am - 1pm

Thursday 28 September

Moorclose Library 10am - 12 noon Seaton Library 2pm - 4pm

Friday 29 September

Keswick Library 10am - 12 noon Workington Library 10am - 4pm Sloppy Slipper Swap: swap your old, badly fitting slippers for new ones.

Copeland

Monday 25 September, 10.00am - 2.00pm - Whitehaven Library

Staff from West Cumberland Hospital Physiotherapy Department and an Occupational Therapist will be on hand to offer advice about strength and balance training, reducing the risk of falls, walking aid reviews and balance tests.

Monday 25 September, 10.00am - 2.00pm - Whitehaven Library

Sloppy Slipper Swap: swap your old, badly fitting slippers for new ones.

Wednesday 27 September, 1.00pm - 3.00pm - Whitehaven Library

Staff from Age UK West Cumbria will be here with advice on daily living aids designed to make life easier around the home.

Thursday 28 September, 10.00am - 12.00 - Whitehaven Library

Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service will be here with advice on how to stay safe and well in your home.

Friday 29 September, 12.00 - 3.00pm - Whitehaven Library

Adult Social Care staff will be attending this session to offer advice on staying safe in your home environment, equipment adaptation and safety aids.