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.