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.

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