Get up and go in Rushcliffe

A new campaign has been launched to encourage Rushcliffe people to Get Up & Go to help reduce falls.

Falls are the largest cause of emergency hospital admissions for older people in the UK. In 2014/15 296 over 80s and 136 65 – 79 year olds from Rushcliffe had a fall.

The campaign, which has been launched by the County Council, aims to reduce this trend by encouraging more people to be active so they can improve their balance and strength and help to stay steady.

10 Top Tips for staying steady

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1. exercise regularly – focus on activities that challenge your balance and strengthen your legs, aim for 30 minutes a day 5 times per week.

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2. check your eyes and hearing – go for regular sight tests

3. look after your feet – wear well-fitted shoes and slippers, and report any foot problems to your GP or chiropodist

4. review your medication – certain medicines can make you feel faint or affect your balance, if so please contact your GP or pharmacist

5. get enough vitamin D intake – this is essential for keeping bones strong – the best source is sunshine

6. eat a diet rich in calcium – to keep your bones strong. Good sources include dairy foods, fortified soya products and canned fish

7. check your home for hazards – make sure your home is clutter free, well-lit, warm and mop up spillages. Get a free home safety check

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8. contact your GP – if you’ve had a fall or are worried about falling.

9. reduce your alcohol consumption and drink plenty of water to keep hydrated.

10. keep a torch by your bedside or leave a light on at night in case you need to wake during the night.

Sue Batty, Service Director for Nottinghamshire County Council, said: “Falls are more likely to result in serious injury if someone is older. Having a fall is one of the top five reasons for admission to a residential care home.

“We want people to help themselves. By making some simple lifestyle changes, people can make a positive difference and help stay steady for longer.”

There are a wide range of services available in Rushcliffe including free home hazard assessments and local exercise courses such as Tai Chi. A Get Up and Go guide has also been produced to showcase six simple exercises to do at home.

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You can find out more here: www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/falls or by calling 0300 500 80 80.

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