To mark Falls Prevention week this week 27 September to 3 October, Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust is working in partnership with the Yorkshire and Humber Falls Prevention Network to encourage people to look at the importance of physical activity in reducing the risk of falls.

There are a number of events across Bradford, Airedale, Wharfedale and Craven this week. These include a virtual strength and balance session provided by Functional Fitness, alongside training sessions aimed at staff provided by Public Health England.

The strength and balance session will be running on Wednesday 29 September 1.00pm – 2.00pm and registration is now open through the Functional Fitness Facebook page.

Stephen Pugh, Falls Physical Activity Co-ordinator at Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust, said: “Falls are not an inevitable part of getting older but they are the largest cause of emergency hospital admissions for older people, with approximately one in 20 older people living in the community experiencing a fracture or needing hospitalisation after a fall.

Yet many falls are preventable and, as this week (27 September – 3 October) is Falls Prevention week, we want to ensure that local people know we are here to help and make them aware of some simple things they can do to reduce their risk of falls and as community activities restart you may want to consider joining to keep active, however online and home options remain if preferred.”

The Care Trust will also be sharing useful tips and resources on social media across the week for to support people in reducing their risk of falls, especially during the winter months.

If you would like any further support or advice, you can get in touch with the Falls Prevention team at Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust on 01274 228300.