Duns calling point for Falls Awareness Week

NHS Borders and Scottish Borders Council will be holding events each day from June 17-21 as part of Age UK’s Falls Awareness Week 2013.

The aim is to get people to put their ‘best foot forward’ by keeping their feet healthy to prevent falls in later life.

As well as keeping feet in good shape, the event will show that there are a whole range of simple things that can reduce the risk of a fall.

One of NHS Borders road shows will take place in Duns Square from 10am-12 noon on Wednesday, June 19.

Elaine Auld, the Falls Lead for the Borders says: “One of the most important messages we are trying to get across is that falls are not an inevitable part of getting older, there are lots of simple practical ways to prevent falls.

“Please come along to our events and see how we can help you to stay safe and continue to be independent.”

Councillor Donald Moffat, Executive Member for Community Safety, explained: “This year’s Falls Awareness Week focuses on the importance of healthy feet but it’s equally important when minimising the risk of a fall to ensure that your eyesight is good and for example, that you have the right medication.

“People are living longer and falls are the biggest cause of serious injury and accidents to older people.

“I would therefore like to encourage everyone to think and plan as they get older and make some simple changes to ensure they continue to have a safe and healthy life at home.

“Don’t wait until you’ve had a fall and remember that Bordercare and Repair service is available to anyone over 60 for minor repairs or adaptations to ensure you can continue to move safely around your home as you age.”