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Helena Herklots, Older People's Commissioner for Wales writing

Falls Awareness Week 2022

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Older People’s Commissioner for Wales, Heléna Herklots CBE, said:

“Falls can have a devastating impact on older people’s health and well-being, not only due to physical injury, which can be significant when a fall occurs, but also in terms of the impact on people’s mental health due to a loss of confidence and withdrawal.

“Falls – and their impact – are often presented as being an inevitable part of growing older, but this is not the case and we can all take action to reduce our risk of falling. This includes staying active, to maintain our strength and balance, and making sure our homes are safe and free of hazards that could lead to a fall.

“You can find out more about what you can do to prevent yourself falling from this helpful guide from Age Cymru – Staying Steady.

“It’s also really important that we have conversations with family and friends about the steps we can take to keep ourselves safe and prevent falls as they can help to identify potential risks, as well as offering advice and support.”

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