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Author: Age NI Enterprises
Published on 15 June 2012 04:30 PM

Falls Awareness Week runs from 18 – 22 June and Ron Warwick, General Manager of Age NI Enterprises believes the campaign is an important reminder for older people, their families and carers.

Mr Warwick explained, ‘More than 1,200 people aged 65 and over were admitted to a hospital in Northern Ireland in 2010 due to an accidental fall in their own home [1].  Falls can not only cause loss of mobility, but may also affect personal independence and confidence.  That’s why awareness and prevention are so important.

‘There are many reasons that make falls more likely as we get older, but there are also many things we can do to prevent them.  Relaxing at home or pottering in the garden are simple pleasures that everyone should be able to enjoy without the worry of slipping or falling. 

‘Simple measures like securing loose carpet or keeping stairs free of clutter can reduce the risk of falling.  You can find useful guidance about falls prevention online at www.ageni.org/falls as well as information about the Age NI Personal Alarm Service, designed to support independence and provide peace of mind 24 hours a day.

For further information about the Age NI Personal Alarm Service, please contact Age NI Enterprises on freephone 0808 100 4545 or visit 10 College Street, Belfast, BT1 6BT to speak to a colleague in person.

Age NI Enterprises Limited is an Appointed Representative of Age UK Enterprises Limited which is authorised and regulated by the Financial Services Authority for insurance mediation.

Note: [1] http://www.southerntrust.hscni.net/about/1890.htm

For more information: Call Age NI Advice: 0808 808 7575