Slips, trips and falls can happen to anyone, but they are more common and more significant as we get older, because we are more likely to injure ourselves.
People often dismiss falls as ‘part of getting older’ or ‘just not concentrating’. But falls are often a warning sign that something is not right. So it is important to discuss any fall with your GP or physio.
how we can help
A typical care plan may consist of the following:
what you can do today
Start today. Here are some suggestions:
1. Talk to your GP
CONTACT: Deirdre Upton, NSW Office of Preventive Health, at Deirdre.firstname.lastname@example.org or call (02) 8738 6615.
a. Department of Health (2010). Don’t Fall For It- A guide to preventing falls for older people.
think about falls
Falls are a common problem for older people and are often the reason people are admitted to hospital or move to a nursing home or hostel.
Many falls are preventable.
Injury from falls can be minimised.
Ageing does not have to mean a loss of independence