Helping to Avoid Falls and Trips
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.