Guide to reducing your risk of falls

1. Are you at 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 50% of people over 80 falling at least once a year. The human cost of falling includes distress, pain, injury, loss of confidence, loss of independence and mortality.

Falls are preventable and are not an inevitable part of the ageing process. The information in this guide will help you to identify whether you are at risk of falling.

Falls prevention advice and activities

National recommendations from the Department of Health state that, as we get older, in order to get the health benefits of being active 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%.

Keeping your balance: reduce your risk of falls

You can also download our leaflet ’Keeping your balance: reduce your risk of falls’, which contains practical steps to help you to stay on your feet. It also features contact details of organisations who can offer you further advice.

To see if you may be at risk of falling, click ‘next’.

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