Older People: Accidents

Department of Health written question – answered on 1st March 2017.

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Photo of Jim Shannon Jim Shannon Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Health), Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Transport), Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Equality)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what guidance his Department makes available for elderly people on how to avoid harmful falls.

Photo of David Mowat David Mowat The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

Falls and falls-related injuries such as fractures are a common and serious health issue faced by older people in England.

Public Health England (PHE), in partnership with Saga and the Chartered Society of Physiotherapists produced the ‘Get up and go: a guide to staying steady’ booklet, a guide to preventing falls. People are able to download the booklet from:

http://www.csp.org.uk/publications/get-go-guide-staying-steady and the falls page of the NHS Choices website. Hard copies are also available upon request.

PHE is also collaborating with the Centre for Ageing Better and the Chief Medical Officer to produce practical evidence based guidance on maintaining and improving muscle strength and balance. This is due to be published in autumn 2017.

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