Today Age UK will launch its Falls Awareness Week as around 350,000 people over the age of of 60 are being treated in hospital as the result of a fall.
Figures from the Health and Social Care Information Centre have revealed that between 2012 and 2013 more than 410,000 people of all ages were admitted to hospitals across England as a result of a fall.
The figure was almost a 15% reduction from the previous year, the HSCIC said, with almost three-quarters of females admitted over the age of 65, compared to around half of men.
A charity has warned that the impact of falling over can be life-changing for an older person, causing them to feel isolated and reluctant to leave home.
Charity director general Michelle Mitchell said:
With the older population projected to rise by nearly 50% in the next 20 years, the number of people over 60 experiencing falls to the extent where they are receiving hospital treatment is a real concern.
Falls in later life are often dismissed as an inevitable part of growing older, however the reality is that there is something we can all do prevent a fall and increase our chances of living a healthy and independent life for as long as possible.
Prevention is better than cure and more should be done to support and promote this.