Anyone can have a fall, but older people are more vulnerable and likely to fall, especially if they have a long-term health condition.

1 in 3 people of the age of 65 will have a fall. Plenty of them in decent health.

Preventing a fall

There are many things you can do to reduce the risk of falling:

Staying active

As we get older, our muscle strength and balance reduces, which can lead to a fall. Exercises designed to improve muscle strength can reduce your risk of a fall by improving your posture, co-ordination and balance

Being aware of medication side effects

It’s important to report to your GP if you are having any feelings of dizziness as these could be caused by your medications. Keep up-to-date with your medication reviews

Regular sight and hearing tests

Deteriorating sight or hearing can greatly affect your balance and/or co-ordination

Make your home ‘fall proof’

Many slips, trips and falls happen in or around the home. Keeping an eye out for potential hazards can make your home a safer place

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