This helpful resource has useful advice and contacts to help you to remain fit and well.
Falling is not an inevitable result of ageing, but the risk of falling does increase as people get older. A fall may be the result of a simple trip. If this is the case, the environment needs to be looked at, to reduce hazards such as wet and slippery floors, loose rugs and poor lighting.
Often in the elderly, a fall may be caused by a combination of several things. It is a common problem that can lead to disability, but you can reduce your risk by keeping mobile and carrying out regular, safe activity to remain independent. Exercises to strengthen your muscles and to improve your coordination and balance are one of the most effective ways to reduce the risk of falling. Eating well, keeping fit and looking after your bones are also important. This booklet focuses on the different factors which influence balance and lead to falls but please speak to a healthcare professional if you are concerned about falling. Always report a fall to your GP, as they may recommend that a healthcare professional carries out a falls risk assessment in your home. The aim of the assessment is to minimise the chance of falling again by investigating all the potential factors putting you at risk, eg your safety in the home.
»» www.profane.eu.org. (Prevention of falls network Europe)