Did you know?
- 1 in 3 people over the age of 65 will fall each year
- 5% of falls cause a major injury
- Home is the most common place for a fall to occur
- In NSW each year, falls lead to about 30 000 hospitalisations and at least 300 deaths in people aged 65 years and over
- Reduced health, mobility and strength associated with aging
- Impaired balance and gait
- Certain medical conditions, e.g. stroke, Parkinson’s disease, low blood pressure
- Visual impairment
- Vestibular disturbances
- Impaired cognition
What can you do?
If you have fallen or are at risk of falling there are things you can do!
A visit to your GP is a good start to identify your risk factors and work out a management plan. He/she will be able to refer you to appropriate health professionals e.g. an occupational therapist to assess your home environment.
How can Physiotherapy help?
There is strong evidence to suggest that physical activity acts as a preventative measure against falls. A physiotherapist will be able to assess your balance, mobility and strength, and prescribe an appropriate exercise plan. A physiotherapist can also advise you on mobility aids if required.