Falls and fractures have a major impact on older adults, their carers and health services. Many older adults are affected by falls. One third of people ageind 65 years and older fall once or more annually. These falls can result in injuries, a loss of confidence and may reducte a persons participation in physical activity. Research has shown that falls in older adults can be prevented with tailored exerice programs.
Falls are a leading cause for presentation to emergency departments by older patients, with more than 83,000 Australians aged 65 and over hospitalised following falls in 2010. Figures show more than 50% of those people are back at hospital after another fall within six months.