Boost Your Bones

Boost Your Bones for Age UK’s Falls Awareness Week 2012

Monday 18 – Friday 22 June 2012

Rogerson Galvin Solicitors and Home Instead Senior Care promoted National Falls Awareness Week by supporting Age UK's Boost your Bones initiative, with a Free Community Event at St Mary’s Parish Centre, Duke Street, Denton on Friday, 22nd June at 11.00am, part of Age UK’s Falls Awareness Week 2012.  Backing the Charity’s drive to boost the bone health of older people across the country, the event showed that there are many simple things that can reduce the risk of falls and fractures as we grow older.

Suzanne Weaver, Community Falls Service Co-ordinator, from Age UK Tameside visited St Mary’s Parish Centre, Denton to offer information and advice to local residents about the ways they can prevent falls.  Age UK Tameside is a local independent charity who has been providing services for older people for over thirty years.  The aim of the Community Falls Service is to reduce fear of falls among older people, improve confidence, raise awareness of personal safety around the home and the community, improve balance, stability and co-ordination, gain an increased knowledge of facilities to improve quality of life and to increase awareness of local services in Tameside & Glossop. People attending the event too the opportunity to chat and express their concerns to professionals on the day. 

Throughout  the week Age UK Tameside Community Falls Service Co-ordinator, Suzanne Weaver worked with local support groups, to run a series of small road shows to give advice and information on falls, bone health and promoting the importance of exercise for preventing falls. 

Cliff Parsons, Partner at Rogerson Galvin Solicitors said: "A fall can be a serious set back for an older person and we want to raise awareness amongst older people and their families on how they can be avoided.  Rogerson Galvin Solicitors is keen to support the initiatives of health professionals in our local community and we are looking forward to working with Age UK Tameside throughout Falls Awareness Week 2012”.

Rogerson Galvin Solicitors and Home Instead Senior Care are working in partnership with Age UK Tameside and held a Falls Awareness Week event at St. Mary’s Parish Centre, Duke Street, Denton on Friday, 22nd June, at 11.00am which included advice on reducing falls plus how to become more active.  People in later life from across Denton and the surrounding area were invited to join in to find out what they can do to help prevent falls.

Home Instead Senior Care is sponsoring the campaign and promoting its key messages. Managing Director David Moore commented, "Our business provides care which helps people to stay in their home for longer. The Age UK initiative is really important to ensure that the elderly are safe at home. We are very pleased to have been asked to sponsor this programme nationally and at Stockport & Tameside we are actively working across the communities to improve awareness of the simple steps that can be taken."

The campaign provides a Falls Free plan - a self-assessment form asking questions about your general health and well being to help identify simple activities and interventions that could help you maintain independence and reduce your risk of falling. For more information, please visit www.ageuk.org.uk/fallscampaign or www.homeinstead.co.uk/tameside.

If you would like more information about the Home Care services offered by Home Instead Senior Care please telephone Michele on: 0161 491 2925 or email: michele.bushell@homeinstead.co.uk or alternatively please look at our website: www.homeinstead.co.uk/tameside

A group of Home Instead CAREGivers talking
Family welcoming a Home Instead care manager into their home