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Keep Young and Beautiful

Many of the people I spoke to on Falls Awareness Day emphasised prevention, independence and the importance of regular exercise in helping to maintain mobility. We saw a couple of exercise classes for older people in action on the day. Firstly Joanna Payne and her helpers gathered a group of volunteers from Guildford High Street into the Guildhall. Here they are grooving to Simon & Garfunkel. Joanna leads classes across Waverley Borough (Farnham, Godalming and Haslemere) and can be contacted on 01252 718089.

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At the end of the day and when we were probably too tired to know better, Penny and I joined in another class provided in conjunction with Elmbridge Council at the Claygate Centre. This is a new class which will run every Tuesday from 2.15pm – 3.15pm at the Centre. To register or to find out more information please call Liz Patroe on 01372 227300.

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Yes, we fully took part in the class ourselves too – there’s some photographic evidence of it on the Surrey PCT photostream. Some of the photos might make it look a bit strenuous but you shouldn’t let that put you off – everyone who warmed up and down properly had no problem doing these exercises, it was only the younger, cockier ones (well, me actually) that could hardly walk the next day.

Stopping smoking isn’t only for young people

Further up Guildford High Street there was more information on offer at Abbot’s Hospital.

I took a moment to talk to Dot Yates, a Smoking Cessation specialist. We talked about how although people seem to be very aware of the new smoking ban in England, few know that the NHS provides specialist services to help them give up.

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Dot also explained why the service was involved in Falls Awareness Day – older people might think it’s not worth them giving up if they have smoked all their lives, but Dot points out that they can get enormous benefit to their fitness (and reduce the risk of falling) by stopping smoking.

The service runs out of the Jarvis Centre in Guildford and details can be found here

National Falls Awareness Day 2007

June 26th was National Falls Awareness Day and we went out in Guildford and Chertsey to see how people providing health services in the community were supporting the day and raising awareness.

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Our first stop was the Guildhall in Guildford where I met up with Jane Doherty, Senior Physiotherapist with the Falls Team at the Florence Desmond Day Hospital, attached to the Royal Surrey. The team provides a comprehensive service mainly to older people, aimed at preventing falls and helping people to maintain their independence in their own home. The service covers all sorts of assessment, investigations and screening as well as advice and exercises.

We couldn’t talk for long as Jane was busy helping people fit new ferrules to their walking sticks. She explained that lots of people just let that rubber bit wear smooth and don’t think of getting it changed, but it can make an enormous difference to the usability of a stick and reduce the likelihood of a fall.

I did manage to get Jane away from the stall long enough for a quick interview and asked her to explain what the Falls Team does in this short video.

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The Deputy Mayor of Guildford, Cllr Jennifer Jordan (seen below accompanied by a walking cigarette) was along at the Guildhall but I don’t know whether Jane managed to doorstep her about the quality of paving in Guildford High Street.
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