Boosting bones during Falls Awareness Week

Adapted Tai Chi exercises at the Bevan Unit, Thamesmead.
Adapted Tai Chi exercises at the Bevan Unit, Thamesmead.

Specialist Occupational Therapist, Farnaaz Bux and the Falls Prevention Team, have been busy over last few days marking Falls Awareness Week (FAW), which ends this weekend. 'Boost your bones' is the slogan for this year’s initiative.

Farnaaz Bux at a Nepalese exercise class.
Farnaaz Bux at a Nepalese exercise class.

Oxleas’ Greenwich falls team has been working hard in the community to promote the event - focussing on bone health. 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.

Falls Awareness Week offers an opportunity for older people, relatives and carers to find out more about falls and take part in local classes and services that can help prevent them. Farnaaz visited a Nepalese exercise class at a Woolwich community centre to offer advice.

At West Thamesmead’s Bevan Unit, which cares for anyone over 18 years old who is finding it difficult at home or who needs support and rehabilitation before returning home from hospital, residents were given their very own Tai Chi session by Special Physiotherapist Helen Wilson – again as part of FAW.

Helen, 28, said that the session she was about to give offered adapted Tai Chi exercises. These exercises are suitable for people who are not at peak physical condition. Helen, took a Tai Chi course recently. She said: “This is a good group of patients that are able top follow instructions and are not too hard of hearing”.

Published on 20th June 2012