Our briefing paper on falls and falls prevention has been updated to bring it up-to-date with the latest indicators, data and strategies.

Falls are the most frequent and serious type of accident in people aged 65 and over. Falling and fear of falling impacts on the daily life of many older people, increasing isolation, reducing independence, psychological wellbeing and physical health. Fractures are painful and upsetting and the resulting costs represent 1% of the NHS budget each year. We look at these impacts, recent trends, current services, plans and strategies.