According to Queensland Health statistics, at least one in four older people have a fall each year. Over 40% have multiple falls and over 30% of those who fall require medical attention as a result. In fact, falls are the leading cause of unintentional injury for Queenslanders aged 65 and older.
However, falls are not an inevitable or unavoidable part of ageing, and the good news is that they can be prevented.
This is why Toowoomba Exercise Physiology is launching a weekly Falls Prevention program on Monday, 5th February to help prevent falls in older people.
Falls are caused by many factors including impaired balance, reduced muscle strength, slowed reaction time, some medications and a range of medical conditions. Targeted, specialised exercises have been shown to be the most promising falls prevention strategy, both as a single intervention and part of a multi-factorial approach.
Here at Toowoomba Exercise Physiology, we aim to help older people stay on their feet with weekly classes that combat falls risk factors by improving strength, balance and mobility.
Risk factors include diabetes, osteoporosis, difficulties with eyesight, foot pain or swelling, or taking sleeping tablets, antidepressants or blood pressure medication. If any of these apply to you, you may be at risk of a fall. Book in for your free falls risk assessment today at Toowoomba Exercise Physiology.
Call Stuart Keene on 0418 402 796 to book. Weekly Falls Prevention classes start on Monday, 5th February at 2pm. Classes are open to anyone in their 50s onwards, bookings are essential. There are individual falls prevention appointments available as well, and private health rebates.