Blues aim to cut out falls

Chesterfield FC Community Trust will be holding a Falls Prevention themed Extra Time Social and Gentle Exercise Club on Wednesday as part of Age UK’s Falls Awareness Week 2011.

Every year, more than three million people aged over 65, including half of those aged 80-plus, will have a fall.

The consequences can be devastating, both physically and emotionally. Age UK is encouraging people in later life to take simple steps to prevent falls, such as having an eye test and getting involved in a local Falls Awareness Week event.

The focus of this year’s Falls Awareness Week is the link between reduced vision and falls. The charity is encouraging older people to ‘Watch Your Step’ and to attend local activities which help reduce the risk of falling.

Chesterfield FC Community Trust will be holding a Falls Awareness Week event at The Parish Centre, Stonegravels, and will include a gentle exercise session, social time with teas and coffees and a talk from a local optician. People in later life from across Chesterfield are invited to join in to find out what they can do to help prevent falls.

Helena Herklots, Services Director at Age UK, said: “It is not just falls themselves that have an impact, the fear of falling can have a devastating effect on confidence - limiting daily activities and reducing independence.

“There are however a number of things that can be done to help prevent falls; simply making sure you have regular eye tests and wearing the right prescription glasses can help with balance and make you feel more confident on your feet.

“Events such as Extra Time Social and Gentle Exercise Club held in support of Falls Awareness Week are a vital way to encourage people to understand more about preventing the risk of a fall and maintaining independence.”

During Falls Awareness Week, Age UK will be supporting events across the UK highlighting how important regular eye tests are as well as the benefits of staying active in later life. For more information on how to get involved or host your own event, call 0800 169 87 87 or visit www.ageuk.org.uk/fallsweek.