Boost your Bones for Age UK's Falls Awareness Week
Published on 02 May 2012 09:30 AM
Age UK is urging people to ‘boost their bones' by taking a short walk and getting out in the sunshine for ten minutes or waking up to a session of light exercise such as Tai Chi for Falls Awareness Week 2012 (18-22 June 2012).
Falls represent a serious problem for older people; they occur in around 30% of over 65s and 50% of those aged over 80 every year, often resulting in serious consequences, both physically and psychologically.
In addition to bruising, fractures, and in some cases, death, a fall can destroy confidence, increase isolation and reduce independence.
The Week will highlight the importance of exercise alongside a balanced diet rich in calcium and getting enough Vitamin D through sunshine to build and maintain healthy bones, helping to prevent falls and fractures as we grow older.
People in later life will be encouraged to take part in a whole range of local activities during Falls Awareness Week 2012 to learn how they can look after their bone health all year round.
Michelle Mitchell, Charity Director General at Age UK, said: 'As we get older our bone strength naturally deteriorates, which puts us at greater risk of serious injury if we do fall. There are lots of things that we can do to help prevent falls and keep our bones strong and healthy as we age.
'During the week, Age UK will be working with falls prevention services, hospitals and other charities, including local Age UKs, to host events and activities for people in later life.
'Participants will discover the importance of getting out in the sunshine and incorporating calcium and sources of vitamin D in their diet, as well as finding out more about simple ways to introduce strength and balance exercise into their day-to-day lives.
'Every step can make a difference - from simply walking up the stairs to getting active in a local exercise class.'
To find out more information about Age UK's Falls Awareness Week 2012 and what's happening in your local area call 0800 169 87 87 or visit www.ageuk.org.uk/fallsweek.