No other single cause of injury, including road trauma, costs the health system more than falls. In NSW each year, falls lead to approximately 27,000 hospitalisations and more than 400 deaths.
More than one in three people aged 65 or over fall at least once a year, many fall more often. Falls are even more common among residents of aged care facilities and hospitals.
There is extensive research demonstrating that many falls among older people can be prevented.
A Best-Practice Recommendation for falls prevention (2008) suggests the following:
- Challenging balance exercise is the most effective physical activity intervention in preventing falls
- This needs to be undertaken for at least 2 hours per week and continue for life.
- Exercise can be undertaken in a group program or home‐based program.
- There is strong evidence which supports exercise as a single intervention to prevent falls in community settings.
Physiotherapists are well suited to aid in the reduction of falls.
So meet with a physiotherapist for an assessment and creation of a falls prevention program that is specific to you.