An older person dies every five hours as a result of a fall according to the latest national figures released, and now a campaign to cut the number of falls has been launched in Cheshire East.
Cheshire East Council’s health improvement team and its partners are running low cost classes for those aged 65 and over.
The classes are called ‘Be Steady Be Safe’ and are designed to improve balance, strength and confidence.
Cabinet member in charge of health and adult social care, Councillor Janet Clowes, said: “These classes are ideal for anyone who is worried about falling, has suffered a fall or is experiencing poor balance or mobility.
“Poor strength and balance are key risk factors in falls but these can be improved with specially designed exercises.”
The classes are available across the borough at a cost of £2 and no booking is required.
Organisers can be contacted on: 01270 685794 or via email: BeSteadyBeSafe@cheshireeast.gov.uk.
The classes take place as follows:
- Sandbach on Mondays between 10.30am and 11.30am (Union Street Community Centre, Sandbach).
- Macclesfield on Tuesdays between 11am and Noon (Harry Lawson Court, Crewe Avenue, Hurdsfield, Macclesfield).
- Alsager on Wednesdays between 10.30am and 11.30am (Dennis Round Court, Hall Drive, Alsager).
- Nantwich on Wednesdays between 9.30am and 10.30am and between 11am and Noon (Mill House, Queens Drive, Nantwich).
- Crewe on Wednesdays between 1.30pm and 2.30pm (Jubilee House, St Pauls Street, Crewe).
- Crewe on Thursdays between 10.30am and 11.30am (Pickmere, Rose Terrace, Crewe).
- Handforth on Thursdays between 11.15am and 12.15pm (Oakmere, Spath Lane, Handforth, Wilmslow).
- Knutsford on Thursdays between 10am and 11am (Winstanley House, Northwich Road, Knutsford).
- Middlewich on Fridays between 2pm and 3pm (Willowmere Extra Care Development, East Road, Middlewich).
£2 can be a lot to a pensioner its 2 dinners you think this would be free as it saves lives and the NHS money