UK Older People’s Day (OPD) celebrates the achievements and contributions that older people make to our society and the economy.
This day is a great opportunity to show how physiotherapy prevents falls, reduces costs to the NHS and helps patients stay independent.
“Falls are a common, but often overlooked, cause of injury. Around one in three adults over 65 who live at home will have at least one fall a year, and about half of these will have more frequent falls”
WHAT HAPPENS AFTER A SERIOUS FALL?
A fall leads to:
- Fear of falling
- A decrease in strength and balance
- People being less active
- Another fall
- Greater fear of falling etc.
- Serious injuries
- Loss of independence
- A move into residential care
- Loneliness and social isolation
SO WHAT CAN BE DONE?
Reasons behind falls are often complex but there are a number of simple things that you can do to reduce the risk of falls and prevent them altogether, such as:
- Wearing appropriate footwear and taking care of your feet
- Getting your eyesight checked regularly
- Checking your home for things that might cause a fall
And our favourite… exercise!
Strength and balance exercises lead to:
- Better balance and strength
- Increased confidence when walking
- Being more active
- Increased strength and balance
- Increased confidence when walking/moving
- Being even more active
- Increased strength and balance etc.
“A tailored exercise programme can reduce falls by as much as 54 per cent.*”
“By acting now to prevent falls and maintain your strength and balance you can ensure you remain active and independent and are able to do the things you want to do!”
USEFUL LINKS AND RESOURCES FROM THE CHARTERED SOCIETY OF PHYSIOTHERAPY
- Click https://youtu.be/n8s-8KtfgFM to view the animation on YouTube showing the programme of strength and balance exercises from the popular Get Up and Go Guide