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Health event to keep older residents on their feet

10 October 2016

Residents in Rayleigh were educated in how to prevent falls as part of a Rochford Housing session to boost health and wellbeing in older people.

NHS experts were on hand to give advice during the falls prevention coffee morning at Chignal House retirement and sheltered housing complex in Tendring Avenue.

Udaya Kumar Sivalingam, the NHS falls prevention team co-ordinator for North East London Foundation Trust, highlighted how people aged 65 and older are most at risk of falling over, but simple lifestyle changes like doing exercises to improve strength and balance can stop these accidents from taking place.

Chris Silvey, resident involvement officer for Rochford Housing, said: “This fascinating falls prevention session was a way of supporting and educating our residents on such an important health issue, so they can maintain a happy and active lifestyle.”

According to the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), falls are estimated to cost the NHS more than £2.3 billion a year and can lead to life-changing injuries like a broken hip.