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Public forum focused on preventing falls

Public forum focused on preventing falls

A group which works to enhance the quality of life for older people living in Daventry District is on the move for its next event.

The Daventry & District Forum (DDF) is putting on a special public forum focussing on falls awareness and prevention at Moulton Village Hall on Wednesday 22 March.

The event, which has been organised with the support of Northamptonshire County Council’s Public Health and well-being team, runs from 2pm to 4pm.

It will feature a talk by Nicky Sellars from the NHS falls service, which offers specialist falls assessments and treatment for people aged 65 years and over who have fallen and are considered to be at risk from further falls. Other features include an Otago strength and balance exercise demonstration, as well as talks by The Osteoporosis Society and Northants Fire Service, plus live entertainment from local band Imner, and promotional stands.

DDF has secured funding for the event from The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) to allow them to hire Daventry Area Community Transport (DACT) to put on free transport to and from the event, as well as to provide free refreshments and a raffle.

The group, which is supported by Daventry District Council, holds popular regular forum meetings, which provide members an opportunity to make new friends, have fun, and find out information and advice on a wide variety of subjects, from health care, to adult learning.

They are traditionally held at Daventry Leisure Centre, but the group is holding this forum in Moulton to reach out to more people from the wider district.

DDF Chairman Gloria Edwards Davidson said: “As a group we are continually working to form strong new partnerships in order to promote health and wellbeing among older people, particularly in rural areas of Daventry District. This forum has come out of a developing partnership with Northamptonshire County Council’s Public Health Team and, like much of our work, it takes a preventative approach.

“I know from experience that old bones don’t bounce well and that the risks of falling are ever increasing and more dangerous as we age. This event will provide people with tips and information about how to avoid falls, but also sources of support should an accident happen. Please join us for what promises to be a fun afternoon and a great opportunity to meet people and make new friends.”

Anyone who requires transport to the event should phone Daventry District Council on 01327 871100.

For more information visit www.daventrydc.gov.uk/DDF 

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