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How to Prevent Falls in Over 65s

Elderly couple walking through forest

The idea of falling is scary. And unfortunately a high proportion of the population is at risk of suffering from a fall.  The most at risk groups for experiencing a fall or two are adults who are over the age of 65, children and people whose jobs involve working with heights. However, falls among those aged 65 and up are especially likely as common health issues that arise with ageing increase the likelihood of an older adult suffering from a fall. In fact, 1 in 3 people aged 65 and older falls. And, in Ireland alone around 250 older adults die each year from fall related injuries.

The act of falling can lead to several serious health consequences. For one, falls are physically harmful to the body. Falling as an older adult can cause serious damage to one’s body because of how much more fragile it is becoming. On top of this, falls can cause one to suffer from intense psychological and social repercussions.  Falling can lead to a dependency on others, anxious tendencies and depressive thoughts.

If you fear for the health and safety of a loved one or friend, then it’s vital to make them aware of the potential risks of falling and ways in which they can help themselves prevent falling and any type of negative consequence it may carry.

One effective method is the BodyCheck Screen performed by fully trained and insured chartered physiotherapists. This screening was created to detect joint issues and potential fall risks early on as a preventative measure before falls occur. This 30 minute fall prevention and mobility screening is a covered benefit under the Vhi Joint Care Programme and available in 23 clinics nationwide. Each participant is rated following the screening based on their falls risk and provided with specific recommendations or physiotherapy sessions which will be covered or partially covered by their health Insurance.