Helping to Avoid Falls and Trips

by | Oct 2, 2017 | Dementia, Health, News, Safety at Home

A third of people over the age of 65, and half of those over 80, will suffer a fall at least once a year. Falls can cause head injuries, hip fractures, kidney failure or even hypothermia. They can shake confidence, boosting the risk of anxiety, depression and isolation, and therefore may have serious long-term health consequences. And yet around half of all falls affecting older people are preventable.

A presentation at You Tube aims to help improve your understanding of what issues can cause a fall and how best to prevent them.

People living with dementia can be at particular risk – indeed, a fall can actually be an underlying symptom of that condition. Gentle muscle-strengthening exercise can help – whether walking, dancing, balance exercises or simply standing up from your chair regularly.

The website Active Bucks is full of other ideas for exercise. For more information, go to NHS Choices