National Falls Awareness Week

this image shows an elderly person on the floor following a fall

Falls awareness week runs from June 15th-21st 2014

Falls represent a serious problem for older people; they occur in around 30% of over 65s and 50% of those aged over 80 every year. Falls often result in serious consequences, both physically and psychologically.

In addition to bruising, fractures, and in some cases, death, a fall can destroy confidence, increase isolation and reduce independence.

National falls awareness week aims to raise awareness surrounding the causes of falls and fall prevention. Elderly people fall for various reasons;

  • Medications
  • loose fitting rugs or rippled carpets
  • Cognitive impairments such as dementia
  • Sight loss
  • Mobility or balance issues
  • Ill fitting footwear
  • Change of walking ability, shuffling.
  • Clutter on the floor.

If falls can be prevented in some instances then this will only be of benefit to older people.

Caron

Award-winning blogger and care columnist for Devon Life magazine, Caron also campaigns for recognition of the needs elderly people and their carers. Designer and creator of the award-winning Dementia Assistance Cards which are free to all, and helping thousands of people globally Caron is passionate and committed to making a difference

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