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Older people encouraged to maintain physical health with some simple steps

Falls Prevention Awareness Week 18 – 22 September 2023 

Young people can play a vital role in helping older people in their lives to reduce the risk of falls, according to the National Falls Prevention Taskforce Wales.

Launching at Ysgol Gynradd Gymraeg Pontybrenin in Gorseinon, Swansea, as part of national Falls Prevention Awareness week, the Taskforce is encouraging children throughout Wales to help older people spot trip hazards around the home such as trailing wires, frayed carpets, poor lighting, and misplaced items on stairs, via a specially designed educational pack.

The pack, which has been produced in conjunction with Swansea Bay and Cwm Taf Morgannwg Health Boards, will also help children better understand the importance of maintaining physical strength and balance to help prevent falls for both older people and themselves.

The Taskforce will also be inviting primary schools across Wales to visit an interactive webpage containing a falls ‘incident scene’.

According to NHS Wales falls are a common, but often overlooked, cause of injury.  It says around one in three adults aged over 65 and half of people aged over 80 will have at least one fall a year.


The Taskforce, formed from an alliance of third sector organisations such as Age Cymru, Age Connects Wales, and Care & Repair Cymru alongside representatives of emergency response services, NHS staff from different specialisms across Wales and other key stakeholders, says although most falls don’t cause serious injury, they are often the start of regular falling and deteriorating health.


Life after a fall

There is a danger that once someone has suffered a fall that they’ll lose their self-confidence and find it more difficult to leave their own home.  The Taskforce is urging anyone in this situation to speak to a trusted friend, relative or health professional to discuss their concerns and find a way to rebuild self-confidence and become more resilient to falls.


The Chair of the National Falls Prevention Taskforce Wales, Heather Ferguson says “While most of us are aware of the impact a fall can have on an older person, fewer of us are aware of the many simple steps that can be taken to make older people more resilient to falls.


“With the help of children, we want to make older people’s homes less prone to trip hazards.  We also want to highlight how older people can make themselves more physically resistant to falls.


“But perhaps most importantly, we want to empower older people so if they have a fear of falling, or have already fallen, they have the confidence to talk about falls to a medical professional, or trusted friend or relative.”

Minister for Health and Social Services, Eluned Morgan said: “I welcome the work the National Falls Taskforce is doing to bring older and younger people together to share their experiences and establish supportive relationships.

“This shows the principles of our Social Services and Well-being Act in action and will hopefully help keep older people active and improve emotional wellbeing for everyone involved.

“I want to thank the taskforce, Age Cymru, Care and Repair Cymru and Age Connects Wales, for their work to ensure the most vulnerable in our society feel empowered and safe.”

For more information about the school’s resource pack and falls prevention visit or call 029 2043 1555.