Slipper swaps help get the elderly back on their feet

PUBLISHED: 14:00 05 August 2012

age uk

age uk


SLOPPY slipper swaps are playing a crucial role in helping North Somerset’s senior citizens avoid falls.

A much loved pair of old slippers can cause falls and trips in the home, leading to fractures for the elderly wearer. And so the swaps have become key components of North Somerset’s Ageing Well programme, providing regular social contact, advice, companionship and support for older people.

Age UK Somerset has been running cafes in the community for several years and with fall prevention a big concern for most people as they get older, expanding their Ageing Well programme has become a priority.

Senior citizens have starting taking their sloppy slippers to the organisation’s sessions and swapped them for something new and safe, as well as trying some balance exercises.

Age UK’s next drop-in session will take place at the Salvation Army Hall, in Carlton Street, Weston, on Wednesday from 10am to noon.

If you value what this story gives you, please consider supporting the Weston Mercury. Click the link in the orange box above for details.

Become a supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years. Our industry faces testing times, which is why we're asking for your support. Every contribution will help us continue to produce local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community.

Latest from the Weston Mercury