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Prevent falls with free NHS exercise class

Free exercise classes are being offered to older people to help reduce the risk of falls and help with balance, stability and confidence.

Classes are run in York by Angie Hampton, a registered nurse, falls practitioner and postural stability instructor from York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.

Angie said: “Research has shown that older people who take part in regular strength and balance training may be less likely to fall. The exercises are evidence based and help promote independence and counteract loneliness and isolation.

“After attending the classes people report feeling more stable and better at walking. Many find they are more able to get out of a chair without difficulty and can get washed more easily.

“Classes are free, fun, friendly and can be tailored to the individual. There is also the opportunity for people to access further advice about keeping healthy. Prior to attendance people are assessed as to suitability for classes so anyone wanting further advice can contact me directly.”

Falls can be caused by a combination of problems including poor balance, strength and coordination, side effects from medication and deteriorating general health.

Angie added: “Falls can represent a serious problem for older people, occurring in around 30 percent of over 65s and 50 percent of over 80 year olds every year. Even a minor fall can result in serious consequences, both physically and psychologically. As well as physical injuries a fall can destroy confidence, increase isolation and reduce independence.”

Classes are held in York on Mondays and Fridays, for more information please contact Angie Hampton on 07944 689942.

02 October 2014

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Classes are held in York on Mondays and Fridays, for more information please contact Angie Hampton on 07944 689942.

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