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220,000 pensioners break bones in falls every year

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More than 220,000 pensioners break their bones as a result of a fall every year, figures suggest.

Age UK said that in England in 2010, more than 88,000 people aged over 60 fractured a hip, 43,000 broke an arm and nearly 17,000 suffered a fractured pelvis.

The charity warned that falls are one of the leading causes of death in over-75s.

Age UK, which released the figures as part of its Falls Awareness Week, urged elderly people to take part in programmes which improve strength and balance.

Charity director general Michelle Mitchell said: “The impact of a fall can be devastating and the scale of the issue is a real concern, especially as we know that prevention is so much better than cure.

“Age UK’s Falls Awareness Week highlights this important issue and provides a host of local community events so that older people can find out about helping to prevent falls and keep bones strong and healthy.”

She added: “We’re encouraging people to go to an event to find out how to introduce simple strength and balance exercises into day-to-day life to help prevent falls.

“The events will also look at the importance of getting out in the sunshine and incorporating calcium and sources of vitamin D in your diet. This all helps to strengthen bones to protect you if you do fall.”

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  • Hope they don't fall over on the way to the events. Get out into the sunshine - when?

    My mum fell into the bushes and broke her wrist, she was wearing slippers and it was snowing. She just sat there until the neighbours came home, she knew she shouldn't have gone out. She got a bit of a telling off and hasn't done it again since.

    When I worked on a elderly ward the staff and patients had to do warm-up exercises each morning 'music and movement', now they just seem to sit in chairs or in bed all day (patients, not the staff).

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