JOHN McCallister South Down UUP MLA has been helping to raise awareness of Age UK’s Falls Awareness Week 2011.
Every year, more than three million people aged over 65, including half of those aged 80+, will have a fall.
The consequences can be devastating, both physically and emotionally and John attended the launch of the week to hear first hand how there are ways of avoiding such high statistics.
He said, “Age UK is encouraging people in later life to take simple steps to prevent falls, such as having an eye test and getting involved in a local Falls Awareness Week event.
“The focus of this year’s Falls Awareness Week is the link between reduced vision and falls. The Charity is encouraging older people to ‘Watch Your Step’ and to attend local activities which help reduce the risk of falling.”
John stressed that there are however a number of things that can be done to help prevent falls; simply making sure you have regular eye tests and wearing the right prescription glasses can help with balance and make you feel more confident on your feet.
During Falls Awareness Week, Age UK will be supporting events across the UK highlighting how important regular eye tests are as well as the benefits of staying active in later life. For more information visit: