Bracknell Forest Council and Solutions 4 Health are running a month of free events for older adults in Bracknell, to raise awareness of the risk of falling and the specialist support available to prevent future falls.
The campaign will kick off with a 1950s/60s party at the Bracknell Open Learning Centre on Monday 1 June from 5:00-8:30pm. The party is open to adults over 65 and friends and family accompanying them. Refreshments will be provided and Wellness Coaches will provide free information about the FallsFree4Life falls assessment and strength and balance classes.
Other events include a classic cinema afternoon on 10 June from 2.45pm at Crowthorne Parish Hall, a games afternoon on 17 June from 2 to 4.30pm at Point Bingo,Bracknell and a BIG Quiz on 22 June from 11am to 2pm at Bullbrook Community Centre.
To book a place at any of these events email or telephone 01344 534019 or 0800 2461239
FallsFree4Life is a unique service that offers support to those who are at a moderate risk of falls; usually adults over the age of 65. Trained Wellness Coaches carry out a detailed assessment of falls risks to tailor a package of community support that best suits the person’s needs. Exercise programmes offered as part of this service include Tai Chi, group sessions and home exercise.
Leena Sankla, Director of Public Health and Lifestyle Services at Solutions4Health said: “We are pleased to introduce another unique programme for Bracknell residents that will make a huge difference to the health of local people. FallsFree4Life will make people aware of the various risks they are exposed to during everyday activities so they can avoid preventable injuries that could impact their long-term health.”
1 in 3 people aged 65 and over and 1 in 2 people aged 80 and over fall each year. Around 10-25% of people who have a fall will suffer a serious injury, such as a hip fracture. Many of us have relatives or know people who are at risk of falls so these events are the perfect way to raise awareness among all family members so they know how they can reduce the risk of injury from falls.