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Over 65s encouraged to get exercising to reduce risk of falls

The over 65s are being encouraged to get involved in more exercise. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Older people in Cambridgeshire are being encouraged to take part in fitness classes as a way to prevent falls.

Statistics show that one in three over 65s will have a fall in their home.

The County Council says its 'Stronger for Longer 'campaign will help people improve their core strength and balance.

"When I first broke a bone in my back, a simple task like ironing was agony. I saw an advert in The Brampton Parish Magazine for strength and balance classes and thought I'd give them a go. As a result I am now definitely stronger, even my husband has noticed how my confidence and mobility have much improved. I can do simple tasks again that I once took for granted and also do the things I enjoy like gardening. I would certainly encourage all older people to give the strength and balance exercises a go to make sure they are getting the most out of life and stay stronger for longer."

– Margaret

Research shows that group and home exercise programmes can reduce the rate of falls by 29 per cent and 32 per cent respectively.

Falls are one of the most common causes of accidental death in the population aged 75 and over in the UK.

The estimated cost of falls and fractures in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough in 2017 to health and social care was thought to be £85 million.

"Falls are not an inevitable part of getting older. There is much that can be done to reduce the risk - especially by regularly doing the right kind of exercise. All adults in later life should be aiming to do strength and balancing activities twice a week, alongside aerobic exercise such as brisk walking. Attending strength and balance classes is not only good for health but also a great way to make new friends. The sooner people start the better!"

– Angelique Mavrodaris, Consultant in Public Health at Cambridgeshire County Council