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​Spring is a great time to get active and take action against falls. The warmer weather and longer days make it easier to get outside and move around. Did you know research has shown doing exercise can reduce falls risk in older adults by 23%?

This September, NSLHD Population Health Promotion and Falls Prevention Committees encourage everyone to 'Spring into Action' to reduce risk of falls by increasing their physical activity. Below you'll find information on local physical activity programs available to older adults and falls prevention resources to help reduce the risk of a fall.

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NSW Falls Prevention Network Information Sheets - Spring into Action

Clinical Excellence Commission (CEC) Information Sheets

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  • Healthy Lifesyle 

    Get fit, feel great and have fun at a Healthy Lifestyle physical activity course for older adults. 

    Choose from gentle exercise, falls prevention, Yoga, Tai Chi and much more.

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  • HAL Online 

    Healthy Ageing Online Learning helps older adults make small changes to improve their health health and wellbeing. The self-paced program provides the Healthy and Active for Life Online program content to learn about healthy eating, getting active and falls prevention

    Two exercise circuits are available with videos and guides.​  

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  • Stepping On 

    Stepping On is a FREE, 7-week fall prevention program for adults aged 65 years and over and Aboriginal adults aged 45 years and over:

    ​Learn how to reduce the risk of falling and how to maintain independence. Includes gentle group exercise to improve balance.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

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Health Pathways

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  • Safer Home Maintenance 
    Safety Considerations - Home Maintenance

    Every​​day, simple tasks around the home can put us at risk of a fall or injury, especially as we get older ​​we get older.

    It’s good to look at tasks in a structured way to see which ones are still safe for us to do ourselves, and which​​ ones we might decide to let someone else do for us. Tasks can be divided into regular, occasional or annual ones. Use this checklist to plan your home maintenance and stay safe​:

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    Active & Healthy

    Staying physically active is the single most important thing we can do to stay fit and independent as we get older. Physical activity is good for our​ bodies ​and our minds. It also helps us to remain independent and to get the most out of life.

    The NSW Health Active & Healthy website can help older adults identify a list of registered exercise programs in their area that have specific exercises to improve balance and strength.

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    Staying Active and Healthy at Home

    Practical tips and information for older adults to stay active, healthy, and connected at home.

    Tips: Stick to an active routine, nourish your body to keep your immune system strong, remain in touch and support one another, keep the mind active, seek out resources and support.​ 

    For more information and copies of the resources, visit​:
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    Staying Active and On Your Feet

    The Staying Active and On Your Feet guide is a falls prevention resource that provides information and ideas on ways to reduce your risk of falling.

    Topics include: staying active, exercise at home, healthy eating, your health, continence, medicines, health & lifestyle checklist and more.

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    Staying Active Staying Safe

    This exercise program contains basic exercises to help prevent falls. It's designed for older, less active people, who being more at risk of falls, require an appropriate gentle exercise routine. The routine includes chair-assisted seated and standing exercises.

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    View the routine online at: Staying Active Staying Strong​​​

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    Other Exercise Programs to Keep Active

    Stay Strong to Keep Moving

    This is a campaign by the Council of the Ageing NSW (COTA), Arthritis NSW, Diabetes NSW and ACT, and the National Heart Foundation. It aims to bring older adults simple ways to be more active.

    For more information, including a brochure on simple exercises to do now, visit:
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    Safe Exercise at Home

    ​The Safe Exercise at Home website aims to support older Australians to stay active - safely - at home. The website shares simple functional exercises and gives ideas of safe ways for older people to increase activity levels at home. 

    The website has been developed by a collaboration of Australian clinicians and physiotherapists from several universities, institutes and health services.

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    Falls​ Prevention Resources

    A range of brochures and resources are available for download and use to help prevent falls.

    Choose the Right Shoes: A DL (3 panel​​) brochure with simple hints for choosing safe shoes to help prevent a fall. There are also tips on foot care and shoe shopping​​
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    Preventing a Fall in Hospital - Adults: A DL (3 panel) brochure with simple hints for patients and carers to help prevent falling while in hospital.
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    Preventing a Fall in Hospital - Family: A DL (3 panel) brochure with simple hints for parents and family to help prevent kids falling while in hospital.​
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    Preventing a Fall at Home: A flyer designed to place on fridges to remind older people about preventing falls. It has 11 top tips for making the home environment safer for older people.
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    Don't Fall For It: A handy book​​mark with 7 key tips for enhancing the safety of an older adult to prevent falls.
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  • April Falls 

    It may be an amusing play on words but April Falls Day (around 1 April each year) 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.

    Discover more​​: April Falls Day/Month​​