Grand day out in Rothesay for Falls Awareness Week

After a huge success and appreciation last year, local Bute physiotherapist Nikhil Gupta and Bute Forum for Older Voices will be holding a Grand Day Out II in the Moat Centre from 12-3.30pm on Monday, June 20, 2011, 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.

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.

Monday’s event will include lunch and short talks from professionals from different disciplines. These professionals 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 Grand Day Out II, 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.”

* Anyone in the community who wishes to attend this event and requires transport should phone and arrange it with Bute Community Links on (01700) 504438; residents in sheltered housing are advised to contact their warden.