Shire of Toodyay

Seniors

The relaxed lifestyle that Toodyay offers makes it a popular location for seniors to reside.  In addition to a very wide range of social and community groups, Butterly Cottages offers aged accommodation and there are a number of services available to assist senior members of the community to enjoy a better quality of life.  


Ida’s Hideaway offers senior residents an opportunity to get together each Saturday at Butterly House for afternoon tea and entertainment. 


          

Seniors encouraged to fuel their bodies for good health

and to prevent injury

One in three people over the age of 65 will fall each year. Falls can result in serious injuries with some individuals being unable to return to independent living. Hospitalisations due to falls in this age group cost the WA Health System on average in excess of $100,000,000 annually.1

Fuel Your Body is the new Move Improve Remove campaign from WA’s leading falls prevention program, Stay On Your Feet®. The campaign, running from February 1 to April 30, aims to raise awareness among older adults about the importance of good nutrition in supporting independence, leading an active lifestyle and preventing falls.

The Fuel Your Body campaign has four key messages:

Eat regular meals and snacks to stay strong and fuel your body.

  • Make sure every meal or snack is made up of nutritious foods from the five food groups to keep your body working well.
  • Drink more water to help you stay healthy and active.
  • Drink less alcohol to keep you brain and body healthy.

Accredited Practicing Dietician, Christina Pollard, who helped launch the campaign earlier this month said that it was never too late to adopt healthier eating patterns.

“A healthy diet is key to living and ageing well. Older people should eat nutritious foods and keep physically active to help maintain muscle strength and a healthy weight”.

She also said that 80% of older age health problems could be prevented or delayed by lifestyle changes made in your 50’s and 60’s. These changes include eating a healthy diet, being active, not smoking and limiting alcohol.

Older adults benefit from enjoying a variety of nutritious foods each day, including plenty of fruit and vegetables, whole grains, dairy foods and lean meats. It is also recommended they limit foods high in saturated fat, salt and added sugar.

The Fuel Your Body Falls Educator Toolkit is a resource that can be downloaded for free here and is used by a wide range of health and community care professionals to deliver educational and engaging falls prevention presentations to older adults in the community.

The Toolkit includes a presentation guide with evidence-based falls prevention information, PowerPoint, activities and promotional materials to assist you to deliver the Fuel Your Body messages to older adults.

Provide older adults in the community with resources to help them improve their diet

Stay On Your Feet® has a range of resources including booklets, brochures, checklists and flyers containing a range of simple falls prevention information and tips for older adults in the community.

The Fuel Your Body Community Booklet provides information about:

  • Eating regular meals and snacks,
  • Calcium and vitamin D,
  • Cost effective cooking,
  • Preparing healthy meals,
  • Drinking more water to help you stay healthy and active, and
  • Drinking less alcohol to keep your brain and body healthy.

You can order the Fuel Your Body Community Booklet and many other falls prevention resources for free from www.iccwaquickmail.com.au.

Sign up to the Falls Prevention eNews to receive regular updates from the Stay On Your Feet program including new campaigns, community events and resources here.

For more information about the Fuel Your Body campaign or for tips on how you can stay active and alert to reduce your risk of falls, contact Stay On Your Feet® on 1300 30 35 40 or visit www.stayonyourfeet.com.au.

The Stay On Your Feet® program, funded by the WA Department of Health, aims to reduce the incidence of falls and falls’ related injuries in older adults living independently in the community.

Department of Health WA. Specific health condition analysis: Accidental falls hospitalisations by external cause (injury and poisoning) - Western Australia State. 2015.