EU campaigners collaborate to raise awareness of falls prevention

News

Author: Almaz OhenePublished: 15 October 2015

Parkinson's LifePrep: Parkinson's LifeCook: Parkinson's LifeServes:

News image

Seventeen health and social care professional organisations throughout Europe have launched a joint commitment to promote falls prevention initiatives for people living with mobility impairments. Dyskinesia – a common symptom of Parkinson’s – often causes patients to suddenly fall, risking injury, while medication can also increase the possibility of fall-related injuries.

This international pledge made by organisations including EuroSafe and HEPA Europe will lay the foundation for consistent EU-wide fall awareness and prevention services. The aim is to eliminate falls – and the injuries they cause – as an inevitable health threat of advancing Parkinson’s.

The organisations recognise that strength and balance play a crucial part in falls prevention and safe movement. Therefore the joint action plan emphasises the need to encourage physical activity, which is important for keeping healthy and active.

Go Back

Share this story

Comments


Related articles


Health & Fitness

Meet the 70-year-old who uses boxing to help fight Parkinson’s

Bob Raeburn is hooked on boxing and its benefits

READ MORE
cloudUPDRS-app-lead

Resources & Tools

New Parkinson’s app tracks symptoms

A new app has been developed to track Parkinson’s symptoms

READ MORE
Todd Sherer lead image

Perspectives

Michael J Fox Foundation CEO hails advances in Parkinson’s treatment

The MJFF’s Todd Sherer discusses advances in Parkinson’s

READ MORE