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1 Presenter Introductory Notes Do not use this slide

2 Stay On Your Feet WA ® ‘Falls can be prevented’

3 Welcome

4 Session aims  To raise your awareness that:  Falls can be prevented  Are not a normal part of ageing  To increase your knowledge of:  The risk factors that cause falls  What you can do to reduce your risk of falls

5 The Falls Issue World Health Organisation defines a fall as: “ an event, which results in a person coming to rest unintentionally on the ground or other lower level ”

6 Are you over the age of 65 years?

7 Why do people fall?

8  Health problems  Taking three or more medicines  Poor diet  Poor or loss of eyesight  Sore feet and unsafe shoes  Loss of balance  Changes in walking  Not being active  Hazards Reasons why people fall

9 Where do people fall? About half of all falls leading to hospitalisation happen in and around the home

10 Start Checklist

11 Question 1 Have you had a fall in the last year? Yes No

12 Previous falls Previous falls can increase the chance of falling again. Next

13 Question 2 Do you do less than 30 minutes of physical activity a day? YesNo

14 Be Active Taking part in physical activity is the best thing you can do to reduce your risk of falling. Next

15 Question 3 Are you unsteady on your feet, do you find it difficult to get up from a chair or do you have trouble walking? YesNo

16 Improve your balance Many falls are the result of muscle weakness and/or impaired balance. This ability can be strengthened through balance, strength and flexibility exercises. Next

17 Question 4 Are you taking three or more medicines? YesNo

18 Manage your medicines Some side effects and combinations of medicines can increase your risk of a fall. Next

19 Question 5 Are you taking sleeping tablets, tranquillisers or anti-depressants? YesNo

20 Manage your medicines These types of medicines can increase your risk of a fall. Next

21 Question 6 Has it been more than 12 months since your GP reviewed your medicines? YesNo

22 Manage your medicines Regular medicine reviews will help you to make sure you are taking the right medicines in their correct dosages at the right time. Ask your GP for a free Home Medicine Review by a pharmacist in your own home. Next

23 Question 7 Please answer yes if: you have diabetes, arthritis or parkinson’s disease; or you have had a stroke or problems with your heart or circulation YesNo

24 Manage your health Many health conditions can increase your risk of falling. Next

25 Question 8 Has it been more than 12 months since your eyes were tested or your glasses checked? YesNo

26 Regularly check your eyesight Your eyesight may change in a number of ways as you get older. Next

27 You have finished the falls risk checklist! If you answered “yes” to one or more of these questions you are at risk of falling. The good news is that there are steps you can take now to reduce your risk. To learn more on how to stay active, independent and on your feet, talk to a Stay On Your Feet WA ® representative. Visit: Phone: (08) or

28 Falls prevention: Nine steps to stay on your feet ®

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30 What are you going to do to stay on your feet ® ?

31 Nine Steps To Stay On Your Feet ® Step 1: Be Active Step 2: Manage Your Medicines Step 3: Manage Your Health Step 4: Improve Your Balance Step 5: Walk Tall Step 6: Foot Care and Safe Footwear Step 7: Regularly Check Your Eyesight Step 8: Eat Well for Life Step 9: Identify, Remove and Report Hazards

32 Thank you For enquiries please contact: The Stay On Your Feet WA ® Team Phone: (08) Visit:


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