4:18 pm, Mon 17 Jun 2013
Seventy-five per cent of falls are not reported
Around one-third of people over 65 will fall in a year, rising to approximately half of all those aged 80 and over.
Falls destroy confidence, increase isolation and reduce independence, 9% of older people who fall become too afraid to leave home.
Falls represent over half of hospital admissions for accidental injury.
In England each year, over 223,000 people over 60 suffer a fracture from a fall. This is more than the entire population of Northampton.
Fractures in patients over 60 account for more than 1.5 million UK hospital bed stays
A tailored exercise programme can reduce an individual’s risk of falling by up to 50 per cent.
It has been estimated that as much as 30% of visual impairment in people over 75 is the result of wearing the wrong glasses or no glasses at all, which can affect a person’s balance and co-ordination.
Read top tips for staying steady on your feet by Age UK here.