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Staying Active for Older People

Staying physically active is the single most important thing you can do to stay fit and independent, as you get older. Physical activity is good for the body and mind.  Age is no barrier - research shows that any exercise, at any age, is worth the effort. If you are in any doubt about exercise, please talk to your doctor. You can find a gentle exercise program near you on at www.activeandhealthy.nsw.gov.au.

8 Tips to Prevent Falls

  1. Join a falls prevention class such as Tai Chi for Arthritis or the Stepping On Program. All classes are listed at www.activeandhealthy.nsw.gov.au
  2. Do not wear poorly fitted footwear such as crocs, slippers or thongs. Wear shoes with a firm back, cover with adjustable fastening, ankle support and a nonslip sole.
  3. Do not leave clutter on the floor and watch out for slippery surfaces. Most falls around the home occur as a result of tripping or slipping.
  4. Remove loose cords from areas that you walk around to prevent you from tripping on them and falling.
  5. Have your eyesight tested regularly. Poor eyesight can result in falls. Take particular care when mobilising if you wear glasses. Keep your glasses clean and wear them all the time.
  6. Ensure adequate lighting and always switch on the light when entering a dark room even if the room is familiar to you.
  7. Make a complete list and have your doctor regularly review your medication. This also includes over the counter medicines. Medicines can make a person drowsy and also affect balance.
  8. Drink plenty of water, especially on warm days and when exercising. Dehydration can cause light headedness and dizziness.

For more information

To find a class near you, visit www.activeandhealthy.nsw.gov.au, or contact the Health Promotion team at Southern NSW Local Health District.

Last updated: 29 June 2018
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