You are NEVER “too old”

For an older person a fall can be a terrible, life changing experience. Sometimes the trauma and fear of having a fall can be enough to stop people from walking ever again. Sometimes it begins with them not having the confidence to go outdoors any more – but this can create a downward spiral as they then get lonely sitting in doors, their mood deteriorates, they move less and gradually get weaker and more at risk of falling. Sometimes they break a bone when they fall and don’t get strong enough afterwards – you quite often see a patient after having a broken hip walk with a limp. This is called a ‘trendelenburg’ gait pattern and happens because the muscles around the hip are weak – with specific training you can change this. The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy created a fantastic poster on “Frailty and Falls” which outlines some worrying figures regarding the impact that falls can have. For example: 1 in 3 people aged over 65 will fall every year equating to more than 3 million falls per year. The rate increases to nearly 1 in 2 for community dwelling adults over 80 Half of people who fall will fall again in the next 12 months 10-25% of fallers will sustain a serious injury Injury due to falls is leading cause of mortality in people aged over 75 in UK Recurrent falls are associated with increased mortality, increased hospitalisation and higher rates of long term care. This brilliant poster also describes some of the evidence that demonstrates the benefits that physiotherapy can have when working with people that...