Learning About Falls

Ready, steady, go!
Participants ready to go in a session led by Mike from the Steady Steps organisation

The Edinburgh Branch of Parkinson’s UK hosted a workshop entitled Learning About Falls on Friday 10th March, 2017 at Bellevue Chapel, Rodney Street, Edinburgh.

The NHS website confirms

“Falls are a common, but often overlooked, cause of injury. Around one in three adults over 65 who live at home will have at least one fall a year, and about half of these will have more frequent falls.

Impaired strength and balance contribute to many falls, and often people with Parkinson’s are particularly vulnerable to falls as the condition affects both balance and mobility.


This event was designed to provide information from healthcare professionals, as well as having practical sessions, such as an activity session run by Steady Steps and a demonstration of safe manual handling for transfers and mobility. There was also a Physiotherapist perspective, which includes reasons for falls and correct ways to get off the floor after a fall.

The workshop provided an opportunity for participants to speak individually with those delivering sessions.

Speaker Topic Photos/OHP Slides/Videos?
John Raez Falls services photos
Mike Steady Steps photos
Sue McDowall A physiotherapist’s perspective slides & videos
Katrina Macintosh An occupational therapist’s perspective slides
Katrina Macintosh and John Raez Safe manual handling video
Sharon Elsmore and Vikki Hamilton Community Alarm Service photos
Audrey McKinven Ageing Well photos
Alison Thomson Thanks and farewell photos

Downloads and Videos

You can see photos of the event, download overhead slides for some of the sessions and watch videos of the demonstrations by clicking here.

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