Information on how to reduce risk of falling

AN information and advice fair is taking place as part of Falls Awareness Week.

The country-wide awareness drive runs from June 20 until June 24 and here in 1066 Country a host of local groups will be on hand at Azur in Marina Pavilion, St Leonards, on Friday, June 24.

The theme for the fair is the role that sight plays in falls among older people and will include stalls from East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust, Age UK East Sussex, East Sussex Disability Association, East Sussex Association for Blind and Partially Sighted People, Hastings and Rother Voluntary Association for the Blind, the Independent Living Service, In Touch and Casa Lifeline.

Reduced vision is known to affect balance, co-ordination and mobility, and having regular eye checks as you get older is an important part of looking after yourself.

An estimated 98 per cent of people over 65 wear glasses and wearing the right glasses at the right time can greatly reduce the risk of falling.

The event runs from 10am until 1pm and will offer blood pressure checks, exercise taster sessions and free tea and coffee.

There will also be the opportunity to try out equipment designed to help people with reduced vision live independently at home, as well as bathing aids to help people with reduced mobility continue to use their bath or shower safely.

Angela Broomfield, a health specialist for older people at East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust, said: “The fear of falling can have a devastating effect on confidence – limiting daily activities and reducing independence.

“But falls are not an inevitable part of ageing and much can be done to reduce the risks. “We hope people will come along to this event, have some fun and find out about services available locally to help them stay independent and on their feet.”