County council to hold workshop to help elderly avoid dangerous falls

Hampshire Chronicle: County council to hold workshop to help elderly avoid dangerous falls County council to hold workshop to help elderly avoid dangerous falls

WINCHESTER will host a workshop on helping older people avoid dangerous falls.

Hampshire County Council's older persons wellbeing team, along with Southern Health Foundation Trust, will provide information and guidance on how to teach older people exercises which improve balance and prevent falls.

Hampshire County Council's Executive Member for Adult Social Care, councillor Felicity Hindson said: “Experiencing a fall can be an enormous set back for older people so we are dedicated to helping older people stay as independent and live in their own homes as long as possible.

The workshops are aimed at staff or volunteers working within community groups, day centres and sheltered housing schemes and are free for voluntary and community organisations.

The course will provide instruction on better balance, fall prevention, motivation and goal setting with older people and understanding the value of exercise for the general health and wellbeing of older people.

Each organisation that attends will receive a training pack, including exercise leaflets, DVD's of the exercises and a CD of music.

The course will be held at Falcon House January 17, 2013, from 2pm to 5pm. There will also be a workshop on January 30 from 2pm to 5pm at Crossfield Hall, Romsey.

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