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Active Ageing Resources

 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.

www.activeandhealthy.nsw.gov.au

 Active & Healthy Resources

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.

Download a copy:

Staying Active and on your Feet

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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

Documents:

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 Staying Active Staying Safe

Basic Exercises to help prevent falls

This exercise program is 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.

First developed in 2005, the exercises in the routine stand the test of time and may continue to assist older adults remain active at home.

Download the booklet for easy reference:

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Or view the routine online below:



 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.

www.safeexerciseathome.org.au

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 Seniors Stay Safe, Healthy and Connected

NSW Health has three fact sheets available to help seniors stay safe, healthy and connected during the COVID-19 pandemic period:

Seniors Safety FactSheet



 Hospital Falls Prevention Posters

These posters have been developed by the NSLHD Nursing & Midwifery Directorate (with support from Health Promotion) to help patients, carers and visitors be more aware of preventing falls.

These posters are available from the Clinical Excellence Commission's Falls Prevention program for use across New South Wales.

A conference poster about the development of these resources was presented at the 8th Biennial Australian and New Zealand Falls Prevention Conference, 18-20 November 2018, Hobart Tasmania:

 Falls Prevention Fact Sheets

The NSW Multicultural Health Communication Service provides a range of falls prevention fact sheets. Many have been developed by Northern Sydney and Central Coast Local Health Districts as part of a local Stay On Your Feet Campaign.

The fact sheets cover a wide range of falls prevention topics such as physical activity, home safety, safer shoes and balance.

Fact sheets are also available in many community languages such as Chinese, Korean, Farsi, Italian and more.

Visit falls prevention at the Multicultural Health Communication Service:

MHCS: Falls Prevention Resources.

 Falls Prevention Information

f​or Patients and Consumers

The Clinical Excellence Commission (NSW Health) has information for patients and consumers for download.

Topics include:

  • Falls Prevention - In hospital
  • Eyesight
  • Medications​
  • Foot care and safe footwear
  • Bone health
  • Healthy eating​
  • Strength and balance exercises
  • Home safety
  • In Public Places ​
  • Home exercises
  • How to get up if you have a fall
  • How to fall-proof your home ​

 Falls Prevention Resources

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Choose the Right Shoes (Brochure)

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 (Brochure)

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 (Brochure)

A DL (3 panel) brochure with simple hints for parents and family to help prevent kids falling while in hospital.

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Non-Slip Socks (Brochure)

A DL (3 fold) brochure with information for patients and carers about safe footwear and non-slip socks.

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​Prevent a Fall at Home (Flyer)

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 (Bookmark)

A handy bookmark with 7 key tips for enhancing the safety of an older adult to prevent falls.

 Community Service Providers

- Falls Prevention Orientation

This presentation, prepared by the NSLHD Falls Prevention Policy Officer, can be used by community service providers who work with older people in the community. It covers facts on falls, risk factors and ways to prevent falls. The falls prevention resources available from Northern Sydney Local Health District are also presented.