Did you know?

  • Salford has one of the highest rates of falls causing injuries requiring hospital admission amongst older people in Greater Manchester
  • One in three adults aged over 65 fall at least once a year
  • This means there are around 11,667 falls by people over 65 years old in Salford
  • NHS England spends £15 million a year nationwide on fall-related injuries - and another £2 BILLION on hip fractures

Falls are serious at any age, but breaking a bone after a fall becomes more likely as a person ages. While healing, the fracture limits the person’s activities and sometimes requires surgery.

Even though bones do not break after every fall, the person who has fallen and broken a bone nearly always becomes fearful of falling again. As a result, she or he may limit activities for the sake of “safety.”

Several factors can lead to a fall including;

  • Loss of footing, tripping or poor balance
  • Changes to reflex speed
  • Problems with vision
  • Chronic medical conditions needing medication/being on a number of medications
  • Drinking alcohol

Falls are preventable

Older people can help themselves with five simple steps: checking medication, taking regular exercise, wearing the right shoes, having an eye test and checking for hazards in their homes and outside.

Supporting materials

Animation of shoes tapping beneath the text 'Wear the right shoes' Magnifying glass looking at medicine bottle - 'Check Your Medication' advice Eyes blinking through glasses - 'Have an eye test' advice 'Make your home safer' advice - lighting, handrail, non-slip mat and cordless phones 'Check for hazards' advice - stairs, clutter, wires and spills 'Check for hazards outside home' advice - wet leaves, ice, broken paving, garden equipment  

SIX SIMPLE EXERCISES

Try these exercises a few times a week to build up your strength, balance and mobility.

TIPS:

  • All exercises (except exercise 4) can be performed seated if required.
  • Stop if you feel unwell at any point.
  • Don’t perform any exercises you don’t feel confident with.

1. Warm up

Seated march for 30 seconds.

4. Sit to stand

5-10 times.

2. Toe and heel taps

6-8 times.

5. Leg swing

3-6 times on each leg; slow and controlled.

3. Side step

10-15 times.

6. Heel raise

5-10 times.

You should not exercise beyond your ability. If you are concerned that you have a medical condition which might interfere with you exercising safely you should get advice from a medical professional.