Falls and fractures in older people

Ageing increases your chance of having a fall. As you get older your bones may become more fragile and break easier if you have a fall.

Get Up and Go

For advice on avoiding falls and staying healthy download the Get Up and Go booklet [PDF].

You can also undertake a range of simple strength and balance exercises that can help improve co-ordination and balance by downloading the supplementary Get Up and Go guidance booklet, using the falls assistant or watching this video:

Our Connect service can help you to stay independent, active and well.

There is a range of support available across Nottinghamshire to help you prevent falls and stay healthy.

If you have had a recent fall or are worried that you may fall, please contact your GP and read the advisory poster [PDF].

You can also find some helpful tips to avoid slips and trips during the winter on the RoSPA website.

10 top tips for staying steady

  • exercise regularly – focus on activities that challenge your balance and strengthen your legs and upper body, such as gardening, dancing or tai chi. Watch the video below for six simple exercises to help prevent falls
  • check your eyes and hearing – go for regular sight tests and report difficulties you have with hearing in order to identify problems affecting your balance
  • look after your feet – wear well-fitted shoes and slippers, and report any foot problems to your GP or chiropodist
  • review your medication – certain medicines can make you feel faint or affect your balance. Please let your GP or pharmacist know if you ever feel like this
  • get enough vitamin D intake – vitamin D is essential for keeping bones strong – the best source is sunshine
  • eat a diet rich in calcium – calcium also helps to keep your bones strong. Good sources are dairy foods, fortified soya products and canned fish with bones
  • check your home for hazards – make sure your home is hazard-free, well-lit, warm and don't climb up to reach things out of cupboards
  • contact your GP – if you’ve had a fall or are worried about falling, tell your GP. There are many ways to help you feel confident again
  • remove clutter mop up any spillages quickly
  • get a free home safety check contact us on 0300 500 80 80 to find out more. Our Handy Person Adaption Service can provide help with essential minor adaptations and small practical jobs.

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