Falls Awareness Week healthpoint at Peterhead

NHS Grampian healthpoints willbe promoting this year’s Falls Awareness Week (September 2-5), with displays at various locations throughout the Shire.

The healthpoints are inviting the public to go along for free information and advice on falls awareness and falls prevention.

Each specialist will give information on how to be aware of falls and how to effectively prevent a fall from occurring.

The campaign is being supported by the Falls Prevention Teams across Aberdeenshire, Moray and Aberdeen.

Libby Soutar, healthpoint co-ordinator for NHS Grampian, said: “Every year around one in three over 45s living in the community will have a fall and this goes up to one in two people over 85.

“The consequences can be devastating, both physically and emotionally.

“Falls and the fear of falling can cause loss of function, mobility, confidence and independence.

“We aim to raise awareness of the risks of falling as we age and to promote simple, practical ways that can reduce the risk of falls and fractures,” she said.

“We want to emphasise that falling need not be an inevitable part of aging. With the support of healthpoint, we can help you identify your or a love one’s falls risk factors, discuss what simple steps can change these and point you in the direction of further help.”

As part of Falls Awareness Week, specialist health profesionals will be at the Peterhead healthpoint in the HotSpot, 1-3 Kirk Street, from 11am to 3pm on Thursday, September 4.

NHS Grampian healthpoints offer free, confidential information and advice from trained advisors on a wide range of topics.

More information is available at the healthpoints through the free healthline on 0500 20 20 30 or at healthpoint@nhs.net