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Author: Age NI Enterprises
Published on 20 June 2014 09:30 AM

Yvonne Rooney is an incredibly active mum, grandparent and community volunteer in her early 60s. She recently had a fall which left her determined to raise awareness of the devastating impact it can have.

Yvonne commented, ‘I woke up on the floor in a panic. Earlier that night, I felt dizzy on my way to the bathroom and the next thing I remember was slowly coming to on the floor, not really knowing where I was or how I’d got there.  I crawled to the bedroom, found my phone and managed to call my daughter who dropped everything for me.

‘My daughter arrived and got me to the hospital. I was there four nights and remember looking in the mirror and wondering if I would ever be me again.  I knew that something about me had changed.  It was my confidence.  It had gone.

‘I knew when I got home that I needed to do something to help me get my confidence back.  The fall had left me so unsure of myself and my environment.  The horrible feeling that I had in hospital of having changed overwhelmed me, and then I had the realisation that I needed extra support and I shouldn’t be afraid to look for it. I called Age NI about a personal alarm as soon as I got home as I needed to know that if the worst happened again, I would have help at hand straight away.   It has given my children peace of mind (we see each other often but they can’t be with me 24 hours a day) and I don’t feel alone in my own home anymore.

Hugh Black, Age NI Commercial Director said, '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 in the garden are simple pleasures that everyone should be able to enjoy.  There’s lots of useful guidance about falls prevention on our website www.ageni.org/falls.'

Yvonne is now recovering well from her fall, ‘I can’t wait to be back on my feet again properly, and I’m looking forward to getting back into my volunteering work.   I know it won’t be long before I’m looking in the mirror and seeing the old me looking back again.’

To find out more about the Age NI personal alarm visit www.ageni.org/alarm or call freephone 0808 100 4545.

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