Stay active to prevent falls!

Did you know around 1 in 3 over-65s and half of those over 80 will fall every year? Yet falling is not an inevitable part of ageing.

Once we have fallen we may be wary of falling again and reduce our activity or we might encourage a loved one to reduce theirs. However reducing activity can actually increase our risk as our muscles and bones lose their strength and density.

Staying active is important for us all – walking, gardening, housework and dancing are all helpful. However certain exercises can improve muscle strength, balance and coordination, whilst strengthening bones. The most effective exercise programmes are tailored for the individual and take pre-existing medical conditions into account.

Exercise is not the only way to reduce someone’s risk of falling, other things which can help include:

  • checking conditions in and around the home for example, are stairs well lit, is wiring secured out of the way, are pathways free of obstacles
  • having a regular sight test
  • having regular healthy meals help keep up strength and vitality
  • staying hydrated.

Further details can be found at www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Falls/Pages/Prevention.aspx

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