Learn why falls are dangerous and how you can prevent falls in the elderly
Every day in the UK, almost 10,000 people aged over 65 will fall over. A bad fall can have serious repercussions, potentially resulting in injury, broken bones, fear of falling, and social isolation.
On this course you’ll learn why falls are so dangerous for older people, and how to assess and reduce the risk of falling. You’ll discover how to identify the factors that put people at risk of falling, and what you can do to minimise them.
You’ll learn from world-leading experts at Newcastle University, using practical examples to explore how to prevent slips, trips, and falls.
You can find out more about this course in Professor Julia Newton’s blog post: “Falls are not a normal part of ageing.”
This course is for anyone affected by falling, or for people caring for others at risk of falling. It would also be valuable for healthcare professionals currently working – or seeking to work – with older people.
Alathea completed this course, spending 4 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
A straightforward and very practical course, both for elderly people who are at risk from falls, and for family, friends and carers. It looks at health issues, at the investigations carried out in falls clinics, at ways of changing one's environment to reduce the risk of falls, how to stand up after a fall, exercises to improve balance, and so on. Lots of useful information and links.