elderly lady who has fallen A third of adults over 65 will suffer a fall each year, but falls are not inevitable, says Age
A fear of falling is making many elderly people prisoners in their own homes, a survey has suggested.
- Try not to panic if you have a fall. It is likely that you will feel shocked and a bit shaken, but staying calm will help you to gather your thoughts and remember what to do
- Do not get up quickly. Roll onto your hands and knees and find a stable piece of furniture, such as a chair or bed, to support you as you slowly get up
- Rest for a while before carrying on with your daily activities
- If you are injured or cannot get up, call for help
Making small changes at home, such as using non-slip rugs and mats and ensuring that rooms are clutter-free and well lit, can help prevent falls.
Michelle Mitchell, of the charity Age UK, said: "At their worst falls can be the cause of death, but falls are not an inevitable part of ageing - many falls can be prevented and there is much that can be done to help people who have fallen not to fall again."