Get up and go …


Public Health Wales is asking people aged 50 plus to Get up and Go and reduce their risk of falling.


Public Health Wales and the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) are delighted to be able to distribute and promote a new publication the CSP developed with support from Saga.


The engaging, and now fully bilingual booklet, provides a range of advice and information designed to prevent falls, and also support those who have fallen and may be at risk of falling again.


One in 3 people aged over 65 fall every year and over half of people aged over 80 fall at least once a year.  The booklet highlights measure which can be taken to make a fall less likely.


Robert Sage, Principal Health Promotion Practitioner for physical activity at Public Health Wales said: “Many people see falling as an inevitable part of getting older but this is not the case! By keeping your muscles strong you can reduce your risk of falling and prevent yourself developing conditions such as arthritis.


“What’s more you are never too young to start, being physically active at any age improves your health but  as you get older it can also prevent you falling why not give the simple exercises in the booklet a go?”


Philippa Ford, Public Affairs and Policy Manager for the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) inn Wales said: “This publication is packed with important information for people to prevent them falling and the physiotherapy profession is very keen that it is shared widely across Wales.  The more people that see it, the more people who may take action to prevent themselves falling in the future.”