Pupils have an eye on helping

Watch Your Step for Age UK's falls awareness week'Year 3 pupils at  Newby and Scalby School who have made decorated glasses to highlight the Age UK Watch Your Step Week..'Picture by Neil Silk  112414'14/06/11
Watch Your Step for Age UK's falls awareness week'Year 3 pupils at Newby and Scalby School who have made decorated glasses to highlight the Age UK Watch Your Step Week..'Picture by Neil Silk 112414'14/06/11

CHILDREN at a Scarborough primary school have encouraged their elders to avoid falls by designing decorated glasses.

The year three children at Newby and Scalby School threw their weight behind the Age UK campaign, which encourages people in later life to take precautions to prevent falls, such as having eye tests and taking regular exercise.

The project is in preparation for Age UK’s 2011 Falls Awareness Week, which will begin on Monday.

Ketyn Jepson, of Age Concern Scarborough and District, said: “Sadly it’s true that falling is a natural part of aging.

“Around 30 per cent of people over 65 and 50 per cent of over 80s will fall each year. What’s not true, however, is the common belief that falls are just another inconvenience to put up with.

“Simple interventions, such as eye tests and strength and balance sessions, can reduce the risk of falls.”

The Scarborough and District branch of Age UK will be holding a drop-in event on Wednesday next week between 10am and 2pm.

It will be held in the Age UK offices in Aberdeen Walk, and advice will be available from various agencies.