Chatswood Falls Awareness Seminar
With Australia's ageing population expected to face health challenges that could impact their independence, Guide Dogs NSW/ACT is running a free falls seminar to help seniors reduce the risk of falls and fall injury.
Poor or declining vision increases the risks of falls, accidents and depression, with research showing that the prevalence of vision loss trebles with each decade over the age of 40.
The free seminar, which is being held in Chatswood RSL on the 29th June, aims to help more people aged 55 and over having trouble getting around safely due to vision loss to reduce the risk of falls and fall injury by re-building their mobility, safety and confidence through exercises, assessments and tailored advice.
One of the participants in last year's seminar was Graham Male, who is 83 years old and has had trouble seeing since losing all vision in his right eye following a stroke three years ago. With vision impairment increasing his risk of falls, Graham found that he was no longer able to do some of his favourite activities.
"I had to stop driving and playing bowls, and then I had a fall while out walking one day with my bushwalking club, so I had to stop bushwalking as well. It was quite traumatic," he said.
Following a recommendation from Guide Dogs NSW/ACT, Graham attended a falls seminar and has since found himself putting a lot of what he learnt about reducing fall injury into practical use.
"The program was very good. The exercises focused on strengthening your lower legs and ankles, and also included some breathing exercises. For me, learning how to minimise the damage if you do have a fall has been particularly useful," he said.
Date: Wed 29 June, 10.15am- 1pm
Location: Chatswood RSL, 1 Thomas St, Chatswood, NSW, 2067.
RSVP: Tuesday 21 June 2016 Contact Client Services at Chatswood on 9412 9300 or chatswood [at] guidedogs.com.au
Light refreshments provided. Please let us know if you have any access or dietary requirements when you register.
This seminar has been funded thanks to Chatswood RSL.