A5 - Preventing Falls

Our risk of falling increases as we age. People over the age of 65 have a one-in-three chance of falling; people aged 80 or older have a one-in-two chance of falling.

The likelihood that a person will sustain an injury as a result of a fall also increases with age.

A hip fracture from a fall is one-and-a-half times more likely for an 80-year-old than a 65-year-old. In one out of every three cases where a fall results in a hip fracture in an older person, the outcome is that the older person moves into residential care.

Even if a fall does not result in injury, it can affect your quality of life because it can make you less confident about engaging in day-to-day activities.

It's a vicious cycle: reducing your level of activity reduces your muscle strength and balancing skills, which increases your risk of falling - unless you take preventative measures. For more information on the measures you can take to reduce the risk of a fall and the risk of injury should you fall, see: