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.