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Blood pressure checks were on offer last week as Havering Council and local health services sought to raise awareness of the problem of falls suffered by older people.

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Falls Awareness Week, which ended on Sunday, saw an information and advice stall set up in South Street, Romford, with a chance for people to try out the “balance master” – a machine that helps improve people’s balance through ankle and hip stretches – as well as the free checks.

The national week was organised by Age UK, and the stall on Wednesday, June 19, was run by the council and Nelft (the North East London NHS Foundation Trust).

Havering’s cabinet member for individuals, Cllr Steven Kelly, said: “We all know how debilitating a fall can be for an elderly or vulnerable person; it can really knock their confidence and take a while until they are back to full health.

“Therefore, it’s important we do everything we can to prevent these falls from happening in the first place. I am pleased so many people visited our stall and hope they all took away some worthwhile advice for the benefit of themselves, their friends and family – or someone they help to care for.”

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