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Advice to avoid the risk of a fall

Falls trigger large number of ambulance call-outs

The impact a fall can have on quality of life for older people is in the spotlight next week - as a road show takes a health care message around the Island.

A campaign to prevent falls - one of the most common reasons for an ambulance call-out, is the theme of Self Care Week 2016.

While injuries may be minor, falls are a major issue for older people and health and social care services.

About 30% of people over the age of 65 have a fall each year, the figure increasing to 50% in the over-80s.

Broken and fractured bones can mean a stay in hospital, reduced mobility and loss of confidence among elderly people.  

Simple steps to avoid a fall could therefore make a big difference - and staff at the road shows will explain how. 

The first will be at Crossroads Care shop in Strand Street in Douglas on Monday, on Tuesday it moves to Westlands in Peel, and it's the National Sports Centre in Douglas on Wednesday.

Thie Rosen in Port Erin is the venue on Thursday, the week rounded off at Ramsey town hall on Friday - all sessions are between 10 am and 2 pm.  

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