A large number of people aged 65 and over, for a number of reasons experience a fall. Falls are a major cause of disability in older people over 65 in the UK. Older people can fall due to:
• physical reasons
• medical reasons
• environmental reasons
If you fall, your chance increases of being less able to move about easily, of breaking a bone, of becoming fearful of falling, of losing your independence and of becoming less able to get out.
Research has shown that falls can be prevented by looking at all the risks to an individual person and then dealing with each of them.
Falls are not inevitable as you grow older but many older people are seriously concerned by having fallen, and how to prevent that happening again.