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April No Falls is an international campaign, which aims to educate and raise awareness of falls prevention and help those at risk of falling to stay on their feet. Falling is not a normal part of ageing and can be prevented.

Join us at Panaceum Medical and University Medical Practice to collect information and resources on how to prevent falls and look after yourself if you do fall.

Here is an important message from the Panaceum Group’s Accredited Exercise Physiologist – Shelley Fennell.

As people start to get older they tend to become less active which can result in weak muscles and bones. Another side effect of getting older is a decrease in balance, causing an increased risk of falls.

1 in 4 people over the age of 60 and 1 in 3 people over the age of 65 have a fall per year, resulting in broken bones and hospital admissions.

As an Exercise Physiologist I am able to help people of all ages become stronger and fitter through tailored exercise programs suited to each individual’s needs. An important part of getting older is making sure we stay strong and balanced on our feet, and this can be done through simple strength and balance exercises.
Maintaining good strength in your legs makes activities of daily living such as getting out of chairs, gardening and cleaning, much easier. Strong legs also reduce the risk of trips, and falls.
Performing balance exercises can help keep you strong and stable, and help with tasks such as going up stairs, steps, walking or even dancing.

Exercises to help with your balance can be as easy as practicing to stand on one leg, walking heel-to-toe down a hallway or practicing stepping over objects.
Using light weights in the gym or at home you can perform a variety of leg exercises, such as squats, sit to stands or step ups.

If you are concerned about your balance, or are interested in improving your strength and fitness to decrease your risk of falls, speak to your Doctor and ask about seeing an Exercise Physiologist. We are the experts in tailoring exercise to each individual and ensuring that you can be the fittest and strongest possible version of yourself.

 

Shelley Fennell
Accredited Exercise Physiologist
Panaceum Injury Management & Fitness Centre