Charity warning over OAP falls

Around 350,000 older people are admitted to hospital every year as a result of a fall, a charity has warned.

Awareness campaign for number of elderly falls

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.

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Charity: Falls in later life can be life-changing

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.

'350,000 OAPs treated in hospital' after falling over

Around 350,000 people over the age of of 60 are treated in hospital because they have fallen over, a charity has warned.

It is a "real concern" the number of elderly people who are admitted to hospital in England from the result of a fall, Age UK said.

Falling over is one of the leading causes of death for over 75s, a charity warned Credit: John Stillwell/PA Wire

The charity, which launches its Falls Awareness Week today, said around 9,000 older people die every year because they have fallen.

It added that falling over is one of the leading causes of death for over-75s.