A new campaign has been launched to encourage Rushcliffe people to Get Up & Go to help reduce falls.
Falls are the largest cause of emergency hospital admissions for older people in the UK. In 2014/15 in Rushcliffe, there were 296 falls in the over 80s age group and 136 falls amongst 65 to 79 year olds.
The Get up & Go campaign, which has been launched by Nottinghamshire County Council, aims to reduce this trend by encouraging more people to be active so they can improve their balance and strength, and help to stay steady.
10 top tips for staying steady
1. Exercise regularly. Focus on activities that challenge your balance and strengthen your legs. Aim for 30 minutes a day, 5 times per week.
2. Check your eyes and hearing. Go for regular sight tests.
3. Look after your feet. Wear well-fitted shoes and slippers, and report any foot problems to your GP or chiropodist.
4. Review your medication. Certain medicines can make you feel faint or affect your balance. If so please contact your GP or pharmacist.
5. Get enough vitamin D, which is essential for keeping bones strong. The best source is sunshine.
6. Eat a diet rich in calcium to keep your bones strong. Good sources include dairy foods, fortified soya products and canned fish.
7. Check your home for hazards. Make sure your home is clutter-free, well-lit and warm. Mop up spillages straightaway. Get a free home safety check.
8. Contact your GP if you’ve had a fall or are worried about falling.
9. Reduce your alcohol consumption and drink plenty of water to keep hydrated.
10. Keep a torch by your bedside or leave a light on at night in case you need to get up during the night.
Sue Batty, Service Director for Nottinghamshire County Council, said: “Falls are more likely to result in serious injury if someone is older. Having a fall is one of the top 5 reasons for admission to a residential care home.
“We want people to help themselves. By making some simple lifestyle changes, people can make a positive difference and help stay steady for longer.”
There are a wide range of services available in Rushcliffe, including free home hazard assessments and local exercise courses such as Tai Chi. A Get Up and Go guide has also been produced to showcase 6 simple exercises to do at home.
You can find out more at www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/falls or by calling 0300 500 80 80.