It may be an amusing play on words but the state-wide April Falls Day (Friday 1st April) and April Falls Month are serious business. These events are part of an annual campaign to raise awareness about the impact of falls and to promote the latest best practice falls prevention strategies.
Did you know?
- 37% of injury-related deaths are caused by falls
- 30% of 65's fall each year
- 23% reduction in falls with regular exercise
The last two years have been difficult with many community fitness groups and social activities unable to continue due to COVID-19. This has contributed to an increase in inactivity, deconditioning, frailty, and increasing social isolation in many adults regardless of ability.
Better Balance for Fall Prevention
The overall 'Better Balance for Fall Prevention' campaign goal for 2022 is to promote increasing physical activity for fall prevention, and improvement of life and social balance for better mental health.
It’s well known that poor balance and strength will affect a person’s mobility and put them at an increased risk of a fall. So by improving balance and strength, people can reduce their risk of falling and suffering a fall-related injury. Research has shown that exercise of any type has been shown to reduce the risk of falling by 23%.
For optimal physical and mental health, it is recommended that all adults (regardless of age, health, or ability) to do 30-60min of physical activity most days. To prevent falls and maintain independence this should include exercise or activities that improve strength and balance. By promoting appropriate physical activity, and social programs to meet everyone’s needs and interests, we can all benefit. It’s never too late to get active and every bit of activity helps!
April Falls Day® 2022 is an opportunity to promote 'better balance for fall prevention' across your hospital, community setting or residential aged care facility. Use the following 'Better Balance for Falls Prevntion' resources to get the message out during April Falls Month activities.