What are the main risk factors for falls amongst older people and what are the most effective interventions to prevent these falls?

    Publication year: 2004

    Older people make up a large and increasing percentage of the population. As people grow older they are increasingly at risk of falling and consequent injuries. A fall may be the first indication of an undetected illness. The prevention of falls is of major importance because they engender considerable mortality, morbidity and suffering for older people and their families, and incur social costs due to hospital and nursing home admissions.