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Community-based scheme 'reduces falls among older people'

Community-based scheme 'reduces falls among older people'
12th May 2010

A pioneering community-based falls prevention scheme has reduced the rate of falls among older people, it has been claimed.

Researchers from Nottingham observed a group of 204 older adults, with half receiving a special programme designed to help them identify potential hazards in the home.

In addition, the scheme helped to improve their strength and provided techniques to help them get back up after falling.

When compared to the study control group, the rate of falls among those who had been through the programme was reduced by 55 per cent, according to an article in the British Medical Journal.

Consequently, the number of emergency calls made to ambulances was also reduced.

The authors of the article are now calling for a study of whether a widespread service such as this is economically viable.

According to the National Osteoporosis Society, one in two women and one in five men over the age of 50 will fracture a bone due to a fall.

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