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AGE FRIENDLY ANTRIM AND NEWTOWNABBEY Older people play an invaluable role in our society so it’s important that we support our ageing residents within the Borough.
STAY STEADY! As we get older, our balance and muscle strength can slowly decline without us even noticing. Falls are very common, particularly amongst older people and can cause great distress for the person and their family. A simple fall can lead to reduced activity and even social isolation. Carrying out simple strength and balance exercises as part of a daily routine can help you to stay steady, reduce your chance of falling and prevent serious injuries if you do fall. Make sure you check out the video on our website at antrimandnewtownabbey.gov.uk/ staysteady for some simple exercises which you can do at home. We have lots of exercise classes available for over 50s across our Borough, most of which are included in our MORE membership. These classes are tailored to all abilities and are a great way of staying connected in the community. Visit antrimandnewtownabbey.gov.uk/MORE for information. Many older people also live in fear that they could fall and can decrease the risk of falling by taking some protective measures such as removing hazards that can cause a slip, trip or fall. For more information on Home Safety T. 028 9034 0160 or E. firstname.lastname@example.org
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BE SCAM WISE Millions of people fall victim to a scam every year. Scammers are clever, ruthless people and their stories can be very convincing. They often target vulnerable older people. Spotting a scam isn’t always easy but scammers often use common tactics which give them away. These include: • Being contacted out of the blue If you are looking for a new bank account, pension or other personal service, you should always be the first to make contact. • The deal sounds too good to be true It’s highly unlikely that someone you have never heard of will contact you with the ‘offer of a lifetime’. • You are asked for personal details If a scammer gets your details, they can steal your money, access your accounts and even set up new accounts in your name. Never give out your personal details. • You have to make a decision straight away The more time you have to think about something, the more likely you are to realise something is wrong. A reputable company will always give you time to make an informed decision. • Letters and emails with grammatical or spelling mistakes Legitimate organisations will rarely make glaring mistakes. If you have been scammed report it to Action Fraud on T. 0300 123 2040 or online at actionfraud.police.uk. Action Fraud is NOT an emergency service – dial 999 if you are in immediate danger.
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