Falls team give Mai, 77, a new lease of life

Mai Forsythe, Rochdale Road, Triangle who has join the Calderdale Falls Prevention Team
Mai Forsythe, Rochdale Road, Triangle who has join the Calderdale Falls Prevention Team
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A WOMAN has got a new lease of life after reading about a health team in her Courier.

Mai Forsythe, 77, from Rochdale Road, Triangle, had suffered broken ankles after a series of falls.

When she was younger she had a knee injury which left her with weakened leg muscles which gave her problems, especially when walking downhill.

As she grew more worried, her independence took a hit, then she read about the falls prevention team in the Courier last year,

Mrs Forsythe said: “The service made a real difference, it has been wonderful.”

She went to the once-weekly sessions “Find Your Feet” course which ran for 12 weeks but carried on doing the exercises at home.

“I live about a mile from my hairdressers and before the course I wouldn’t have thought I could walk there. Now I sometimes walk there and back - if the weather is nice. The programme has given me the confidence to do it.”

“The beauty of it is that we didn’t really need any extra equipment – just a special rubber band,” she said.

“We were told which exercises specifically strengthen the right muscles and exercises for balance which is a big confidence booster. It really helps with walking around.”

“I didn’t think you could get muscle back at my age but the nurses told us you could and I have,” said Mary.

Falls practitioner Helen Prett, who leads the community programme said: “The falls prevention service is available to anyone at risk of falling. If you are worried or have concerns about a loved one talk to one of the team or your GP.”

The team will be at the Woolshops, Halifax, today from 10am to 2pm to mark National Falls Awareness Week.