Campaign’s aim to help older people

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A NATIONAL campaign to help support older people is being backed in the borough.

A series of events are taking place this week to mark Age UK’s Fall Awareness Week 2012, which got under way on Monday.

North Tyneside Council is supporting the charity’s drive to boost the bone health of older people by holding a series of events to learn how to prevent falls and improve bone health all year round.

Talks about how to prevent slips, trips and falls will be held by the council’s sheltered housing service followed by a free exercise session by a sport inclusion officer.

Coun Les Miller, cabinet member for public health and adult social care, said: “As a council, one of our priorities is that older people remain healthy and independent for as long as possible.

“Campaigns such as this one are crucial in helping to prevent injuries and improve the well-being of our more elderly residents.

“I would urge as many older people as possible to go along to one of these invaluable sessions.”

Charity director general of Age UK Michelle Mitchell said: “Events such as the council’s sheltered housing service’s talks, held in support of Falls Awareness Week, are a vital way to encourage people to understand more about preventing the risk of a fall and maintaining independence.

“As we get older bone strength deteriorates, which puts us at greater risk of serious injury if we do fall.

“People attending Falls Awareness Week events will be able to find out more about how to maintain bone health as well as discovering simple strength and balance exercises.”

Older residents are invited to attend the following sessions:

n Thursday, June 21, Emmerson Court, Emmerson Place, Shiremoor, at 2.30pm; and Fernlea, Bowman Court, Dudley, at 2.30pm.

To download Age UK’s free ‘Staying Steady’ and ‘Healthy Eating’ guides call 0800 169 6565 or visit www.ageuk.org.uk