One of the more frustrating things about growing older is that minor falls and knocks are no longer as easy to brush off as they were when you were younger. As you grow older, avoiding slips, trips and falls becomes even more important.
Of course, anyone can have a fall. But research shows that older people are not only more vulnerable to the impact but are also more likely to slip in the first place.
Around a third of over 65s living independently will have at least one fall a year and of these around half will fall more frequently. Thankfully, most of these incidents don’t cause any serious injuries. But they can still really knock a person’s confidence and make them question their independence.
Falls can be caused by any number of things, from slippery surfaces to balance problems, bad lighting or even just a loose carpet. Because of this, it’s near impossible to be able to guarantee that no falls will happen. However, you can take various preventative steps, including: