6 October 2010
Marlyn Glen has received information from the Scottish Government showing that a total of over 1,400 elderly people in Dundee have been emergency hospital admissions as a result of a fall over the latest three years.( 2007-2010)
This equates to, on average, around 490 elderly people over the age of 65 each year.
In the latest year 2009-10 , for individual communities in Dundee, the figures have been :
West End ( West End, Logie and Blackness, Perth Road, Balgay ) 43
Broughty Ferry ( Broughty Ferry West , Broughty Ferry East, West Ferry, Barnhill ) 90
Lochee ( Lochee, Menzieshill, Charleston ) 50
Kirkton, Downfield Ardler and St. Mary’s 41
Fintry ) 18
Ms. Glen said,
“NHS Tayside’s Falls Prevention and Bone Strategy helps to reintegrate back into the community those elderly people who have fallen and to minimise the occurence of further falls through exercise and improvements in bone health.
“Falls at home, resulting from conditions such as poorer vision, lesser mobility as well as osteoporosis, can contribute to injuries that might have been prevented.
“Elderly people can suffer consequences that are both physical such as fractures and hypothermia, and psychological , such as loss of dignity and independence.”
Ms. Glen added that the British Geriatric Society had indicated that falls affect almost one in three of those aged over 65 and half of those aged over 80, and that they are a major reason for hospital attendance and admission amongst the elderly.
Falls and fragility fractures are both linked with illness and mortality, and the estimated cost of the care of fragility care to health and social services is over £2billion in the UK.