Falls: The facts
- Falls and fractures in people aged 65 and over account for over 4 million hospital bed days each year in England alone.
- The health care cost associated with fragility fractures is estimated at £2 billion a year.
- Injurious falls, including 70,000 hip fractures annually, are the leading cause of accident-related mortality in older people.
- After a fall, an older person has a 50% probability of having their mobility seriously impaired and a 10% probability of dying within a year.
- Falls destroy confidence, increase isolation and reduce independence, with around 1 in 10 older people who fall becoming afraid to leave their homes in case they fall again.
- A tailored exercise programme can reduce falls by as much as 54%.