Falls Prevention For Our Elderly Community
The Well Foundation is supporting Waitemata District Health Board by fundraising for a critical project to combat falls amongst our elderly community.
Waitemata DHB has been working with the ACC to reduce injury falls and fragility fractures in people aged 65 years and over living in Waitemata.
The aim of the plan is to reduce hospitalisations of the elderly by establishing an in-home programme of strength and balance exercises for highest risk people as well as facilitating the development of group community strength and balance exercise programmes for those aged 65 years and over in the community.
The Well Foundation are seeking to raise $200,000 to assist the District Health Board in this critical project which would significantly benefit the safety and well-being of the growing elderly community within the Waitemata DHB catchment area.
Why is the Falls Prevention programme required?
Falls in older people are very common and frequently lead to injury including fractures and hospitalisation.
Each year about one third of people aged 65 and older, and one half aged 80 and older experience a fall.
Falls in older people leads to loss of confidence, which reduces people’s mobility, and therefore further increases risk of falls as well as a loss of independence.
How can falls be prevented?
Prevention of falls is possible through a range of different interventions, particularly those involving strength and balance training in people’s home and in community groups.
Fractures can also be prevented by ensuring that high risk people, particularly people with a recent fracture, receive assessment and treatment for osteoporosis.
How can you help?
If you would like to help prevent falls amongst the elderly in your community, click DONATE NOW to make a donation.