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.


Award-winning blogger and former care columnist for Devon Life magazine. I am passionate about helping elderly people and people with dementia live purposeful and independent lives.
Designer of the Dementia Assistance Card and Points Of Light award recipient, Caron hopes to help carers when resources are limited and demand is ever-increasing. I am here to support you.

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