Most of us will have experienced a fall at some point. For many, having a fall will be nothing more than a bit embarrassing, however, a fall can be startling, upsetting and life changing, especially as we get older. Although we are more likely to fall as we age, falls are not an inevitable part of getting older. Many falls can be prevented with some simple changes to our way of living and our homes. In some cases, a fall can be a sign that there is a change in our health, but this is often something that can be treated.

Doing regular strength exercises and balance exercises can reduce your risk of having a fall. This can take the form of simple activities such as walking and dancing, or specialist training programmes. Exercises that can be carried out at home are also available. Ask your GP about training programmes in your area or your Physiotherapist. It's important that a strength and balance training programme is tailored to the individual and monitored by an appropriately trained professional.

The CSP have a downloadable booklet available to start you off.

The NHS has also provided easy exercises to help you start moving.

If you have any concerns about your ability to exercise the please discuss with your GP (doctor) prior to trying any of the mentioned exercise programmes.

Further information about falls can be found here :

CSP (avoiding trips and falls at home)

CSP (downloadable leaflet on falls)

Age UK (Avoiding a fall)