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Make the Right Call: Protect yourself from falls through exercise

Chair based exercise class at Baylham Care Home run by Lindsay Bennett of ActivLives. As part of Falls Prevention Awareness Week.

Chair based exercise class at Baylham Care Home run by Lindsay Bennett of ActivLives. As part of Falls Prevention Awareness Week.

Physical activity is one of the best ways for older people to reduce their risk of falls and fractures.

NHS Ipswich and East Suffolk CCG and Ipswich-based ActivLives, are encouraging people to sign up for free taster Otago exercise sessions.

Otago exercises are specifically designed for older people to increase bone strength and balance and to reduce the likelihood of
falls.

The classes have been clinically proven to reduce falls by 37%.

Dr David Egan, a GP in Debenham and a member of the clinical executive of NHS Ipswich and East Suffolk CCG, said: “Although the thought of exercising can be daunting, these classes are simple and effective and will really help you improve your balance”

Julie Stokes, of ActivLives, said: “We would like anyone over 60 who is interested in preventing falls to give us a call.

“Once we know how many people locally would like to participate we will arrange venues for the classes.”

Anyone interested in Otago exercise classes should call 01473 261112.

Free carer training to help reduce falls

NHS Ipswich and East Suffolk CCG and Suffolk Family Carers are encouraging family carers to sign up for free training.

Dr David Egan, pictured, a member of the clinical executive of NHS Ipswich and East Suffolk CCG, said: “Every day, family carers are putting their own health at risk by inappropriately moving the person they care for. This could lead to back injury, a strain or pulled muscle or could even lead to the carer having a nasty fall.

“We want to ensure family carers know how to safely move the person they care for from bed to chair, wheelchair to car or to safely get them up after a fall.”

David Cunliffe, Suffolk Family Carers health manager, said: “Our Moving and Training Handling Service is about making sure the carer stays safe and well. If a carer becomes unfit or unwell the cared-for person could end up in hospital, as there may be no one else to look after them.

“A representative of the service will visit the carer and cared-for person in their own home and discuss their specific needs.”

The training is available to family carers in east Suffolk.

Call Suffolk Family Carers on 01473 835477 for more.

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