With falls prevention tips, and local activities and support for those over 65, you can help reduce the risk of slips, trips and falls.

30 per cent of people older than 65, and 50 per cent of people older than 80, are at risk of falling at least once a year. As well as injuries from the fall itself, people who fall can also suffer psychological problems, such as a loss of confidence and fear of falling again, loss of mobility, an increase in dependency, hypothermia, pressure-related injuries and infection.

To find out if you are at risk of falling, you can take a simple test to see whether it might be a good idea to discuss the risk of falling with your GP.

Are you at risk of falling?

There are several easy things that you can do to reduce the risk of a fall.

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check that slippers and shoes fit properly keep the home clutter free
ask your GP for a medication review remove loose rugs and mats
have a sight and hearing check each year make sure the home is well lit
check the rubber ferrule on the bottom of walking sticks for wear use non-slip mats inside the bath or shower
dress warmly in cool or cold weather keep the home warm

Local support and services

If you fall you should always consult your doctor, who may refer you to the falls prevention service in your area to help prevent falls in the future. The service can also be accessed through your district nurse, podiatrist, warden, social worker or care manager, along with some local voluntary organisations, such as Age UK. If you have regular contact with one of the above, you can ask them to refer you. 

More information

Age UK have published a strength and balance exercises for healthy ageing document, to help you keep fit and reduce the risk of a fall.

You can read our  tips for preventing falls in winter weather (pdf / 114 KB).

Also, see the NHS Choices pages below for more information on falls prevention: