Belong Blue Mountains video helps seniors find their feet

JOINT EFFORT: (From left) occupational therapist Vania Dickens, program manager Christine Baird, MP Susan Templeman, resident Mary Harrison, physio Adam Wilkes, MP Trish Doyle and HEAL admin Eddie Bosnich.
JOINT EFFORT: (From left) occupational therapist Vania Dickens, program manager Christine Baird, MP Susan Templeman, resident Mary Harrison, physio Adam Wilkes, MP Trish Doyle and HEAL admin Eddie Bosnich.

Falls are the leading cause of hospitalisation for seniors

Belong Blue Mountains has launched a new video resource called Find Your Feet to help older community members remain healthy and independent in the community.

The video was developed by the Belong Blue Mountains Healthy Elders Active Living (HEAL) team and allied health clinicians.

It includes information and practical guidance about building confidence, keeping healthy and independent, and improving strength and balance as we age. It also discusses some frequently asked questions and provides helpful ideas to put into practice.

Macquarie MP Susan Templeman and Blue Mountains MP Trish Doyle helped launch the initiative at the Mid-Mountains Neighbourhood Centre in Lawson on September 30.

"Falls are the leading cause of hospitalisation for seniors, and can sometimes mean those who have had one won't be able to return home," Ms Templeman said.

"I know this from personal experience, as a series of falls by my father was one of the reasons he was unable to remain safely at home."

Trish Doyle said it had been a difficult year for our community with the bushfires and now the pandemic.

"I have been aware of the particular difficulties facing our older citizens - many have been isolated for many months now," she said. "So many older people do not have family nearby. Therefore, community organisations like Belong Blue Mountains and their staff are essential parts of their support network."

Kath Harrison, CEO of Belong Blue Mountains said their team has been "focused on finding new ways to support the community during COVID-19 and extend existing programs into new formats".

"I am very proud of this wonderful new resource and I'm sure it will make a positive difference for many of our older community members," she said.

"An important message that we want to highlight with 'Find Your Feet' is that ageing is not a disease; it is a process that can be managed" said Christine Baird, HEAL project manager. "This resource supports our 'Standing Strong' strength and balance exercise classes."

The Belong Blue Mountains HEAL program is a multi-disciplinary allied health service that provides individualised care for people aged 65 years and over.

For details call Eddie at Belong Blue Mountains on 0403 880 560 or email HEAL@belongbm.org.au.

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