Reduce your risk of falls

Falls and fall-related injuries are a common and serious problem for older people. People aged 65 and over have the highest risk of falling, with 30% of people over 65 and half aged over 80 falling at least once a year.

Falls cause distress, pain, injury, loss of confidence and independence.

Falls prevention advice

As we get older, we should do the following:

  • Aim to be active daily and try to do at least 2.5 hours of moderate intensity activity a week.
  • Do exercises to improve the strength of our muscles and bones.
  • Do exercises to help improve our balance and coordination.

Taking part in strength and balance exercise can reduce your rate of falls by up to 32% and the risk of falling by up to 22%.

Worried about falling?

  • Have you fallen in the last year?
  • Do you have problems with your strength and balance when walking?
  • Do you have a fear of falling?

If you are at risk of falling or have fallen recently it is important to get the right support. Contact us by phone or email and we will direct you to services that can help to reduce your risk of falling.

This might include:

  • information and advice
  • referral for further assessment by a falls practitioner or consultant
  • setting strength and balance exercises to help improve your mobility and confidence
  • a review of hazards within your home and the offer of equipment or adaptations to reduce your risk

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