Do you know that around one in three adults over 65 who live at home will have at least one fall a year and about half of these will have more frequent falls?

 There is a lack of awareness amongst the Cumbrian population on the simple steps that can be taken to avoid falls as well as a lack of awareness of the type of exercise that people should be taking to prevent having a fall.

As part of the Falls Prevention Awareness Week, Monday 24th September to Sunday 30th September,   events and activities are being held to raise awareness that falls can be prevented and are not an inevitable part of ageing.

A programme of events will be taking place at libraries and community venues across Cumbria including sloppy slipper exchanges and health MOT’s.  Advice and information drop in’s on topics such as medication reviews, vision and home hazards will also be taking place.  More info will be shared in each district as events are confirmed.

Pharmacists have a key role to play in falls prevention. If you would like to participate in the Falls Prevention Week by organising an event, doing a display or discussing the risk factors and tips for prevention with your clients, this will help spread the message further.  Please see attached for some information leaflets.

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To support the Falls Prevention Awareness Week the Academic Health Science Network (AHSN),  North East and North Cumbria (NENC), have created a short film to provide older people and their families with practical tips to avoid falls. If you have a TV screen, we ask that you please help us to promote this awareness by showing this film in your waiting area.  Falls Prevention Awareness Film – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UJh4x6G-A2w

Working together we can help prevent falls. 

Thank you for your support.

Jackie Dodd

Public Health Locality Manager – Eden

Public Health and Communities Team | Cumbria County Council