Why are falls such a major concern?
Falls and fall-related injuries are a common and serious problem for older people.
In the UK, falls are the most common cause of injury-related deaths in people over the age of 75. (NHS, 2015)
The number of people aged over 65 who fall every day in the UK is equivalent to six per minute. (Age UK)
Around 33% of adults who are over 65 and living at home will experience at least one fall a year. This rises to 50% of adults over 80 who are either at home or in residential care.
Most falls do not result in serious injury. However, 20% of older adults will require medical attention for a fall and 5% will experience a serious injury, such as a broken bone.Watch Content Preview
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