It is estimated that at least one-third of people aged 65 years and over will take a fall one or more times in a year.
Not all falls result in injury, but some do cause damage such as hip and wrist fractures, hip and shoulder dislocations, head injuries and abrasions, bruising and sprains.
Those with reduced bone density from conditions such as osteoporosis or osteoarthritis are at a much greater risk of serious injury. Fear of falling can also result in loss of confidence and restriction of activities.
Contrary to popular belief, falls are not inevitable. The likelihood of experiencing a fall can be reduced by:
- Understanding and addressing the risk factors
- Improving safety and convenience in and around your home
- Maintaining a good exercise program for increased balance and strength
- Wearing comfortable shoes and clothing that offer freedom of movement.