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Scottish government consulting on falls prevention strategy

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The Scottish Government is consulting on a national prevention strategy for falls and fractures.

Its aim is to create a joined-up approach to falls and fracture prevention and management which will deliver objectives to support people to age well.

There has been a significant surge in the number of people dying from falls in the last few years, according to figures published by the Office of National Statistics in May.

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The data shows a 70% increase in people dying as a result of a fall between 2010 and 2017, and more than 5,000 older people died because of a fall in 2017 compared to 4,856 in 2015.

The government plans to work across sectors and with individuals and communities to enable more people to maintain or build their resilience and reduce their exposure to risk factors for falls and osteoporosis.

It also wants to “cultivate a shared responsibility” for recognising and exploiting opportunities to take earlier preventative action when signs of frailty and functional decline are first recognised.

The consultation closes on August 12. Click here to share your views.

A recent study conducted by researchers from the University of Oxford and the University of Sydney, shows that exercise programmes can reduce falls in older people by nearly a quarter.

The study summarised the results from 108 randomised controlled trials with 23,407 participants from across 25 countries.

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