Project aim to protect the elderly

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Age UK Northumberland is one of only three counties in the UK to receive funding to run a pilot project that aims to reduce the cost of falls amongst older people to the NHS.

Approximately 30 per cent of people over 65 years of age fall each year.

And they are the leading cause of injury-related incidents for people over 65, with up to ten per cent in community dwellings resulting in significant injury.

To help alleviate the problem, the charity is running weekly balance classes in the Round House Ashington.

The exercises help improve strength, balance, co-ordination, stamina, flexibility and confidence.

And gym sessions give people the opportunity to use the Balance Master machine which is intended to improve your balance.

This works through a footplate which rotates gently and the angle of the plate and the speed are increased as individuals confidence improves.

Following a fall many older people find it difficult to return to their usual social activities, which can affect their mental wellbeing, resulting in depression and social isolation.

For details on the support available contact either Anne Robinson, health and wellbeing manager on (01670) 784837, or Angie Patrick, health and wellbeing co-ordinator, on (01670) 784839.