We are living longer. On one hand, it is great as we will have more time to enjoy life post retirement. On the other hand, there are health problems associated with old age such as poor eye sight, sluggish coordination, low muscular strength, and chronic illnesses. All these may lead to increased frequency of falls and fall injuries.
Falls cause pain and temporary or permanent disability, and in some cases premature death. It also causes stress to the family, emotionally and financially. And it is a substantial cost to the health and welfare systems to care for elderly with fall injuries.
This site is devoted to helping you, at whatever age, to develop an understanding of elderly falls and how it may be prevented.
We will focus more on circumstances related to older adults who live at home, and address topics such as risk of falls, risk assessment, preventative measures, and fall injuries.
The problem of elderly falls is universal but the service and help available will be different from region to region. Where it is relevant, we will discuss services available in the UK and Ireland of which the editorial staff is more familiar with.
This site is developed and maintained by Theresa YH Hoong, RN, MSc.
Now retired and live in Ireland, I’m a freelance healthcare copy writer.