You may not be aware, but falls amongst seniors and the elderly population are a major problem in the community.

In fact, it is so common that a third of people over the age of 65 will have at least one fall every year.

If people of this age bounced straight back up again like my 2 year old, it wouldn’t be a problem.

However, approximately 65% of falls in this age bracket result in an injury. Some of these are relatively minor, but 20% result in a visit to hospital.

Some of these include serious injuries such as a hip fracture or head injury.

The effects these injuries can have on our life can be drastic.

The stats for hip fractures make for scary reading.

Within 12 months of a hip fracture, 50% with have a permanent functional disability, 25% will require long term care and at least 10% will die!

So you can see, the potential for serious harm and loss of independence from a fall is huge in the older population. Luckily, we can do something about reducing this risk of falling.

And there is a tonne of good quality evidence that supports this.

The main things we can do to reduce our risk of falling are:

Healthcare providers in Western Australia who can help minimise your falls risk are:

Southcare Physiotherapy

Lifecare Homecare