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


Indian Ocean Row 2018 team

Global update

Man with Parkinson’s sets sights on 3,600-mile world record

Robin Buttery will row the length of the Indian Ocean

READ MORE
Smiling doctor and patients

PD in Practice

Are you in a patient-style ‘rut’? How to talk so your doctor listens

How to recognise patient styles to improve doctor relationships

READ MORE
Paul Meyler

Interviews

Capturing life with young onset Parkinson’s

We talk to UK photographer Paul Meyler

READ MORE