One in five falls requires hospital treatment, and a hip fracture is one of the more dangerous possibilities. By avoiding falls, serious injuries such as bone fractures might also be prevented.
- Exercise can help to reverse muscle weakness and poor balance, which can contribute to falls.
- Two and a half hours of moderate exercise each week is the recommended amount.
- Side effects from medicines can add to the risk, so speak to your GP or pharmacist if you’re worried.
- Make sure you attend regular vision tests and that your vision is as good as it can be.
- A shoe with low heels and firm, slip-resistant sole is ideal, and avoid ill-fitting slippers around the house.