Comment on falls statistics
Published on 15 June 2011 12:00 PM
Michelle Mitchell, Charity Director at Age UK said:
'The risk of falling over increases as we get older for many reasons, including deterioration in muscle strength and balance, failing vision and problems with medication. The high proportion of women over 80 falling over is partly down to demographics - women are still more likely to live longer than men and 70 per cent of women over 65 live alone. But osteoporosis - which affects roughly half of all women at some stage in their lives - also places older women at greater risk of breaking a bone if they do have a fall.
'All older people at risk of falls should be given a comprehensive risk assessment which can be arranged by a GP. There are also a number of simple things older people can do themselves to prevent falling over, from taking regular eye tests to finding out how to do strength and balance exercises at an organised session or from the comfort of your own home. For more information go to www.ageuk.org.uk/fallsweek.'
This year, Age UK's Falls Awareness Week (Monday 20 June - Friday 24 June) is urging people to have regular eye tests, which are free for those aged 60+, to help prevent falling. It also encourages people in later life to find out more about falls prevention and take part in local activities to reduce their risk of a fall. For more information about Age UK's Falls Awareness Week 2011, call 0800 169 87 87 or by visit www.ageuk.org.uk/fallsweek
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