As part of our new Pilates term in November, we are adding a weekly ‘Falls Prevention Class’ which will take the form of a 60 minute exercise class aimed at improving general strength, balance, mobility and physical activity. The class will be run by a Chartered Physiotherapist who is trained in tailoring therapeutic exercise for all age groups.
Why a Falls Prevention Class?
The proportion of the population over the age of 60 years is growing rapidly and is likely to continue to grow in the coming years . More than 33% of community-dwelling people aged over 65 years unfortunately will experience a fall at least once a year, while 50% of those will have recurrent falls [2,3]. As age increases, the rate of falls can increase up to 60% [2,4]. Falling can badly effect confidence, reduce a persons feeling of independence and possibly result in isolation, with around 1 in 10 older people who fall becoming afraid to leave their homes for fear of falling again .