Elderly falls costs NHS millions21st June 2010
Age UK has said that the NHS is paying millions to treat the consequences of falls by elderly people.
The charity, which is a combination of Age Concern and Help the Aged, said that the health service was paying out up to £4.6 million on a daily basis to deal with falls.
Falls are responsible for more than half of hospital admissions for accidental injury and are a leading cause of death in people over the age of 70.
The charity has published the information to highlight the first National Falls Awareness Week.
The data showed that the most common injury caused by falls was a hip fracture, with 60,000 elderly people suffering the injury annually.
The charity said around 14,000 deaths were caused every year as the result of a fall.
Age UK said that if older people took exercise to enhance their strength and balance then they could decrease the danger of falls by 55%.
Michelle Mitchell, charity director at Age UK, said: "Despite costing the NHS £1.7 billion per year, the issue of people in later life falling over is all too often dismissed as an inevitable part of the ageing process."
"The reality is that there are a number of things older people can do help prevent falls, such as exercises to improve strength and balance, and more should be done to promote and support this."
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Title: Elderly falls costs NHS millions
Author: Jess Laurence
Article Id: 15218
Date Added: 21st Jun 2010