What is Fall Prevention Awareness Week?
‘Fall in Fall’ takes place each year on the first week of ‘Fall’ in the USA to raise awareness of Falls Prevention. The Academic Health Science Network for the North East and North Cumbria (AHSN NENC) alongside its members and partners want to recycle and bring Falls Prevention Awareness Week to our region. The week will take place from Friday 22nd September 2017 to Friday 29th September 2017 and will raise awareness that falls are not a normal part of ageing, or something that ‘just happens’ as you get older; and that they are preventable!
What is happening to raise awareness of Fall Prevention Awareness Week?
To support Falls Prevention Awareness Week the AHSN NENC, on behalf of its Members and Partners, have created a short film (which you can find here) and a dedicated webpage (here) to provide older people and their families with practical tips to avoid falls and a Poster (here) that can be used to help raise awareness of falls prevention.
Why is Falls Prevention Important?
Falls and fractures are a common and a serious health issue faced by older people in the UK. Around a third of all people aged 65 and over fall each year and amongst older people living in the community, 5% of those who fall in a given year will suffer from fractures and hospitalisation. Every year, there are around 255,000 falls-related emergency hospital admissions in England among patients aged 65 and older. Falls are estimated to cost the NHS more than £2.3bn a year and the annual total cost of fragility fractures to the UK has been estimated at £4.4bn. In addition, falls and fractures are a cause of pain, loss of confidence, loss of independence, admission to institutional care and mortality. The data shows that as a whole, the region is estimated to spend £84,973,249 per year on falls!
If you have any questions you can contact the Academic Health Science Network for the North East and North Cumbria on: 0191 208 1326.
Working together we can help prevent falls!