Opinion

Hope after a fall get up and go for a walk

By Professor George Razay
Updated June 19 2024 - 9:08am, first published 6:30am
Professor George Razay at the 2024 Royal Australasian College of Physician Congress. Picture supplied.
Professor George Razay at the 2024 Royal Australasian College of Physician Congress. Picture supplied.

Balance problems and falls increase as we get older, affecting approximately 1/3 of people aged 65 and over every year. Falls are a major threat to health, leading to fractures, hospitalisation, institutionalisation and death, costing the Australian healthcare system $2.3 billion each year. Moreover, many people dismiss falls as an inevitable consequence of ageing and they are often not adequately evaluated and are largely underdiagnosed.

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