STAFF and residents at a Matlock care home stepped out in Dame Edna Everage’s trademark butterfly glasses to raise awareness of links between reduced vision and falls in people over 65.
Figures released to coincide with National Falls Awareness Week last month showed that 38,452 people aged 65 or over fell in Derbyshire between April 2009 and April 2010.
NHS Derbyshire and Underhall Care Home, based on Chesterfield Road, joined forces to say that simple measures – such as having regular eye tests and keeping glasses clean – are critical in helping older people stay on their feet.
Rita Umney, a relief manager at Underhall Care Home, said: “This week we’re reminding families, visitors, staff and older people to watch their step as tripping on the pavement or losing balance is no laughing matter, particularly when you are older.
“As well as losing mobility, confidence and suffering broken bones, the effects can have a huge impact on long-term health, well-being and everyday confidence.
“We would never dream of wearing a pair of Dame Edna’s glitzy glasses in real life, but they are a fun way of helping us all to focus on the importance of wearing the right glasses and having an eye test at least every two years.”