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.

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