June 21st was Barnet’s Contribution to National Falls Week. Age UK Barnet, Barnet Asian Old Peoples Association, and Home Instead Senior Care Barnet sponsored the event that took place at the Barnet Multicultural Centre in Barnet. This was a very exciting and informative day.
The day started off with opening remarks from the chair of BOAPA, Mr. Kadad followed by Julia Hines, Chair of Age UK Barnet who introduced the day’s activities and very ably acted as master of ceremonies. Veronica Georgescu from NHS North Central London talked about reasons for falling then BAOPA members demonstrated Indian Clap and Stick Dancing a very colourful demonstration accompanied by traditional singing and music. Dr. Anne Davies gave a very informative talk on bone strength followed by Richard Selby and one of the members of his Chipping Barnet Group demonstrating Fan Taichi.
Vivienne Vard, Registered Dietician, spoke on the importance of diet and hydration in reducing falls. We then had members of the Anne Owens Centre and Barnet Multicultural Centre show us an exciting Taichi routine led by Richard Selby. Dylan Martlew gave a talk on the latest Telecare products to help people manage falls.
We then had two dramatic demonstrations: Zumba by Meri Bartley from Flamingos Dancing that really got everybody going, including Barnet Mayoress Lynda Schama, who enthusiastically joined in and Movement to Music by the Anne Owens group led by Lesley Chowen particularly memorable for their jaunty red ties. The Mayor of Barnet Brian Schama concluded the formalities with closing remarks. Lunch featured very tasty vegetarian Indian food which finished off the day. Over 200 people attended the event and in addition to being useful and informative was also a lot of fun!
Information stalls were available and included Age UK Barnet, Barnet Social Services, Barnet Telecare Team, Diabetes UK, the Finchley Memorial Falls Clinic Team, Health Checks , Home Instead Senior Care Barnet, the Sroke Association, and the Barnet 55+Forum.
A big thank you to Sangita Pandya from Barnet Asian Old People’s Association, Deborah Cura from Age UK Barnet and Dale Bevington of Home Instead Senior Care Barnet for their efforts to make this event a success.
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