Older people are being reminded of the dangers of falls as part of Falls Awareness Day this week (22 September).
One in three people aged over 65 – and half of those aged over 80 – fall at least once a year and it is estimated that the possible fractures cost the economy more than £2 billion a year. We [Nottinghamshire County Council] are investing £74,000 to promote active lifestyles and minimise the risks of falling amongst older people.
Ageing increase your chances of having a fall. As you get older your bones may become more fragile and break easier if you have a fall.
There is a range of support available to help you prevent falls and stay healthy.
If you have had a recent fall or are worried you may fall, contact your GP.
Tips to prevents falls
- ensure your footwear fits well
- remove or secure rugs or loose bits of carpet
- remove clutter from the floor
- mop up spillages straight away
- make sure your house is warm enough
- switch on the light when getting up in the night
- use walking aids correctly
- don’t climb up to reach things out of cupboards.
For more advice click here for – Get up and go booklet.
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