Bones tend to become thinner and weaker as we grow older, particularly in women following the menopause. In older age we are also at risk of developing osteoporosis, a condition that causes the bones to break more easily. So it's important to avoid trips and falls that can result in a fracture, and to keep our body strong to try to reduce the risk of falling.

If you are worried about developing osteoporosis or if your balance is becoming poor, talk to your GP. They can refer you to a health professional such as a physiotherapist, who will be able to help.

Bones tend to become thinner and weaker as we grow older, particularly in women following the menopause. In older age we are also at risk of developing osteoporosis, a condition that causes the bones to break more easily. So it's important to avoid trips and falls that can result in a fracture, and to keep our body strong to try to reduce the risk of falling.

If you are worried about developing osteoporosis or if your balance is becoming poor, talk to your GP. They can refer you to a health professional such as a physiotherapist, who will be able to help.

Physical activity

Regular exercise can reduce your risk of falling. This might be simple activities to loosen up in the morning before you start your day. It might be walking or going dancing with friends to keep fit, or it might involve a specialist programme at a community centre or gym.

Weight-bearing exercise – where you support your own body weight through your feet and legs or arms and hands – is good for helping to maintain bone strength. Exercises to improve and maintain sensation in your feet and to keep the muscles and joints in your feet and ankles flexible are also useful.

How can physiotherapy help?

A physiotherapist can:

·Put together an exercise programme to improve your balance, strength or flexibility.

· Work with you in your home to identify any areas you may need advice about, and agree with you how you might reduce your risk of tripping and falling.

· Recommend on what type of activity is safe and suitable for you. For example, exercise in your local swimming pool, where the water takes some of your weight, might be best. 

 

ARTICLE: CSP http://www.csp.org.uk/your-health/ageing-well/avoiding-trips-falls-home

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