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Practitioners urged to hold events for Falls Awareness Week

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The importance of exercise, a balanced diet and sunshine in maintaining healthy bones will come under the spotlight during Falls Awareness Week.

Those working in the NHS, social care, housing, care homes and community organisations are being asked to hold events during the week (18-22 June 2012), which will also promote activities to prevent falls and fractures later in life.

Age UK’s charity director general, Michelle Mitchell, is urging practitioners to get involved

She said: “The aim is for participants to 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 day-to-day life.”

The week will also encourage older people to look after their bone health by taking walks, having 10 minutes in the sunshine, having a calcium-rich diet and exercises such as Tai Chi.

Visit www.ageuk.org.uk/fallsweek or ring 0800 169 87 87 for more information on how to host a local Falls Awareness Week event.

 

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