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Tripping & falling is no joke as your bones get frailer in later years

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) used the final day of its first-ever Family Safety Week to ‘inspire the nation to take practical action to keep older friends and relatives from falling’.  While the consequences of a slip, trip or fall are minor in many cases, for older people particularly, the consequences can be serious & life-changing.

In 2012, 4,674 people died as a result of a fall in the UK, of whom 85% were over the age of 65.  What’s more, in England in 2012/13, more than 410,000 people were admitted to hospital following a fall.  RoSPA has produced 2 films to provide guidance:

*Facing up to falls (which includes a subtitled version)
*How to get up safely after a fall

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