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Hertfordshire County Council


There are many small changes you can make to your lifestyle to stay fit and healthy.

  • Keep active to lower your blood pressure and cholesterol, as well as reducing the risk of health conditions like heart disease, diabetes, cancer and dementia.
  • Eat healthily. Eating a balanced and nutritious diet controls your weight and can help you fight off illnesses.
  • Stay warm at home. A cold home can lead to serious health problems. HertsHelp offer free home visits to give you advice on staying warm and safe in your home.
  • Get the flu jab. People over 65 or with long term health conditions can be severely affected by the flu and are eligible for a free vaccination.

Preventing a fall

Age UK suggest 7 simple things you can do to stay steady on your feet:

  • Exercise regularly.
  • Check your eyes and hearing.
  • Look after your feet.
  • Manage your medicines.
  • Keep your bones healthy.
  • Check for hazards.
  • Tackle the fear of falling.

Find out if you're at risk of falling

Use the NHS self-assessment tool to see whether you might be at risk.

If you think you're at risk of a fall:

  • Find out about getting a monitor and alarm at home from Herts Careline, which will alert someone if you fall.  
  • Talk to your GP - they can give you advice to prevent falls.
  • Contact us for an assessment. We might be able to help with your daily activities to reduce the risk of falling.
  • Contact HertsHelp for practical advice and information about local services that could help.