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Get Up & Go!

Falls are the largest cause of emergency hospital admissions for older people in the UK. It has recently been estimated that approximately 30% of people, over 2.5 million, aged 65 and above and about 50% of people, aged 80 and above living at home, will fall at least once a year.

The campaign, which has been launched by the County Council, aims to help reduce this trend by encouraging more people to become active, improving their strength and balance and therefore reducing the likelihood of having a fall.

Here are 10 helpful tips to reduce the risk of having a fall:

  1. exercise regularly – focus on moderate activities, e.g. Gardening, Walking or Tai Chi that challenge your balance and strengthen your legs, aim for 30 minutes a day five times per week.
  2. check your eyes and hearing – go for regular sight tests
  3. look after your feet – wear well-fitted shoes and slippers, and report any foot problems to your GP or chiropodist
  4. review your medication – certain medicines can make you feel faint or affect your balance, if so please contact your GP or pharmacist
  5. get enough vitamin D intake – this is essential for keeping bones strong – the best source is sunshine
  6. eat a diet rich in calcium – to keep your bones strong. Good sources include dairy foods, fortified soya products and canned fish
  7. check your home for hazards – make sure your home is clutter free, well-lit, warm and mop up spillages. Get a free home safety check
  8. contact your GP – if you’ve had a fall or are worried about falling. 
  9. reduce your alcohol consumption and drink plenty of water to keep hydrated.
  10. keep a torch by your bedside or leave a light on at night in case you need to wake during the night.


Sue Batty, Service Director for Nottinghamshire County Council, said:

“Unfortunately falls are more likely to result in serious injury if someone is older and can significantly reduce people’s ability to live independently. Having a fall is one of the top five reasons that can lead to people leaving their homes because they need a high level of support that can only be provided in a residential care home.

“By making some simple lifestyle changes, people can make a positive difference and reduce their chances of falling.”

There are a wide range of services available across Nottinghamshire including free home hazard assessments and local exercise courses. A Get Up and Go guide has also been produced to showcase six simple exercises to do at home and it also offers a range of safety tips.

You can find out more here:  or by calling 0300 500 80 80.