Did you know?
Falls are the leading cause of hospitalisation and one of the top three leading causes of death by injury in New Zealand.
A person over the age of 65 has a one in three chance of falling in a year and this increases to a 50% chance of falling once over the age of 80.
Could you be at risk of falling? Could your mum, dad, grandad, aunty or friend be at risk of falling?
Answer yes or no to the 6 questions below to assess the risk:
Have you or anyone you know had a fall in the last year?
Are you or anyone you know taking four or more medications a day?
Do you or anyone you know have Parkinson’s disease or a history of stroke?
Do you or anyone you know have any balance problems?
Are you able to stand up from a chair without using your arms for support?
Are you or anyone you know limiting daily activity due to fear of falling?