Describe how falls are defined
Explore some practical anatomy and physiology to discover how our body stays upright
Investigate risk factors for falling and identify your own risks for falling
Describe the actions to take immediately after a fall
Explore what happens in a specialist falls clinic
Explain how to keep bones strong and healthy
Describe effective treatments to prevent falls
Explore falls research and possibilities for the future
Every day in the UK, almost 10,000 people aged over 65 will fall down. The personal costs are staggering, with falls resulting in injury, broken bones, fear of falling, and social isolation.
People fall because of a complex mix of factors. To reduce falling, it is important to identify these factors, and recognise those that could signify serious, but treatable, underlying medical problems.
This interactive course will enable you to:
● Learn more about why falls are just so important
● Discover ways of assessing and reducing the risk of falling
● Recognise when to seek help
● Explore how to prevent falls and injury
During the course, we will meet people who have been affected by falls through a series of video case studies, and discuss together the important issues they raise, which we hope will be informative, practical and enlightening.
We will draw on the knowledge and experience of world leading experts at Newcastle University through our Meet the Experts series. This includes work with the award winning Falls and Syncope Service (FASS) at Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary – the largest unit of its kind in Europe, recognised internationally for its innovative work in the field of falls and blackouts.
You can find out more about this course in Professor Julia Newton’s blog post: “Falls are not a normal part of ageing.”
Identify fall risk factors
Recognise factors that could signify serious, but treatable, underlying medical problems
Learn more about why falls are important
Discover ways of assessing and reducing the risk of falling
Recognise when to seek help
Explore how to prevent falls and injury
Interact with others who have fallen
Discuss the important issues falls raise
Whether you have been affected by falls yourself or care for someone who has, this course will help you understand what you can do to prevent falls and also what you can do if you have experienced a fall.