Falls are not an inevitable result of old age, however they are an age related Public Health problem. Falls are a major cause of disability and the leading cause of mortality resulting from injury in people aged 75 and older in the UK. People aged 65 and older have the highest risk of falling, with 30 per cent of people older than 65 and 50 per cent of people older than 80 falling at least once a year (NICE 2016).
Falls result in significant costs. The human cost of falling includes distress, pain, injury, loss of confidence, loss of independence and mortality. Falling also affects the family members and carers of people who fall. The cost to the NHS of falls is estimated to be more than £2.3 billion per year (NICE 2016).
Over the last 5 years Wakefield has seen a rising trend in the number of falls. Admissions from injuries due to falls in those 65 and older has been increasing, projecting this forward to 2030 there will be an extra 300 falls per annum for individuals in the Wakefield district. The burden is not equally spread across Wakefield; deprived areas have higher rates of individuals who fall.
Live Well Wakefield Service
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How can Live Well Wakefield help?
The Live Well Service can offer individual, personalised support either in the home or in the community. They can help navigate services such as health and social care, and provide information about community groups and activities. The service also offers courses and workshops to support self-management.
The Aspire Health Referral Scheme helps people increase their physical activity so they can enjoy a more active lifestyle and improve their overall health.
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