16th May 2018
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Falls most common cause of hospitalised injury in over 65s
Author: Ben Hocking
Over 65s fall numbers increasing

A new report released by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) on Wednesday shows that just over 100,000 people aged 65 and over were hospitalised due to a fall in 2014–15.

Women accounted for most of the fall injury cases for over 65s (74,186).

The report also found that more Australians are being hospitalised for injuries, with falls (41 per cent) and transport crashes (12 per cent) the leading causes.

“Overall, people aged 65 or over accounted for 30 per cent of injury cases, with the majority of these being for falls,” said AIHW spokesperson Professor James Harrison.

Injuries to the hip and thigh (24 per cent) and head (24 per cent) were the most common types of injury resulting from a fall, with the rates of injury to the head more than doubling over the period 2002–03 to 2014–15.

There was a decrease in the rate of hip fractures due to falls (–2 per cent per year) between 2002–03 and 2014–15.

The report also found that falls were responsible for 40 per cent of traumatic spinal cord injuries and 35 per cent of eye injuries.

Overall, the number of hospitalised injury cases across Australia rose from 327,000 in 1999–2000 to 480,000 in 2014–15.

“This equated to one person requiring hospitalisation in every 58 Australians in 1999–2000, rising to about one in 50 in 2014–15,” Prof Harrison explained.

After adjusting for changes in the population structure, this is an average rate increase of about one per cent per year.

The report found the number of hospitalisations for accidental poisoning and assault had fallen over the same period. 

Have you ever suffered an injury as a result of a fall? How long did it take to recover? Have you tried balance exercises to prevent falling?

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    Jim
    16th May 2018
    10:56am
    How does this figure compare to the rest of the population, is it just falls that are the main concern, I guess as we age things become more brittle.
    Charlie
    16th May 2018
    11:05am
    Haven't had injury due to falling over, since childhood. Aged 69 riding motor scooter 3 years and haven't fallen off yet. Have coffee every morning 6am and 20 minute walk for exercise but its getting harder each year, also carry some serious illness and medications.
    Oars
    16th May 2018
    1:30pm
    Charlie- you are at least trying to help yourself. Good stuff. Have a look at my blog at 1:26 headed " It all boils down to MONEY"- and too many "raiders" of our welfare system. I trust you are one of us who paid tax here for 40 years- and deserve a lot better treatment than present. Here's hoping.
    MICK
    16th May 2018
    1:32pm
    Good stuff. I managed not to fall over with a month od skiing recently. First time ever.
    I am feeling age creeping up on me Jim but life in the old dog yet.
    Keep up the good work. I suspect exercise and good diet is what keeps the bones strong.
    jackie
    16th May 2018
    11:35am
    I tripped on a bad footpath. Lucky my bones are still good but that is negligence on behalf of council.
    KB
    16th May 2018
    12:43pm
    Jackie Sometimes when you are trip as my sister did she chipped a bone which needed surgery.
    buby
    19th May 2018
    10:47am
    yes Jackie i had same problem and do you think our council did anything about it. NO of course. they made some lame excuse that it would be done in the future, but6-7yrs on now and they have done absolutely nothing!!!
    So needless to say i don't walk much anymore. and they say we need to do more walking. LOL then they best sort out these things or the oldies just can't do it and i won't walk on the road, cause i might get run over by the local hooligans!!!
    Rosret
    16th May 2018
    11:44am
    Now there is a muddled set of statistics. Must have got dizzy trying to figure it out. hehe
    Oars
    16th May 2018
    1:26pm
    It all boils down to MONEY. The Ozz hospital system was not meant to be the first port of call for the minor ailments. The hospitals are bursting at the seems with such admittances- partly becausae we have allowed the "new lot from the North and South" to invade these welfare systems, yet they paid little if any to reap such benefits. The world sees Ozz as an easy touch when it comes to welfare from the outsiders looking in. And so we who have paid into the welfare bin for 40 years or more have line up with thoise "new lot from the north & south" who put in sweet-bu**er all. That's why our genuine oldies ( who worked and paid tax for 40 years) are getting moved to the back of the line. The rot started 50 ++years ago when pollies of all sides thought that increasing immigration would get us more tax. Wrong. The tax collected from them is well outwayed by their welfare bill. Check it out in the economics put out by Beaurea of Stats.
    MICK
    16th May 2018
    1:37pm
    I believe that if you turned up to hospital with a broken leg you'd be at the front of the line.
    Can sympathise with you about how retirees are being treated. I have seen the attitude of genY many of whom are feeling 'owed' by mum and day and waiting for them to fall off the perch so that they can get their hands on the dough. As if they did not get a good start in life.
    I suspect old folk will soon be put in front of the igloo. Certainly when genY gets its hands on the levers of power it will be open slather on older Australians. I often wonder if the attempt to force retirees out of their homes is the beginning of that. I guess we'll see one way or the other in the next 29 years.
    Tib
    16th May 2018
    8:23pm
    Mick I don't think much of gen y either.
    ray from Bondi
    16th May 2018
    8:59pm
    Oars yes, that is a problem you may remember like I do many years ago, it had to close to 40, the NSW government closed many hospitals, but seems to forget to open new ones and the population increased, the excuse the suburbs were growing faster and resources needed to be relocated. I live in the east and I know of 3 large hospitals closed in the area. Now the population is many times that of the 80, s and we still have the same hospitals only slightly larger.
    ray from Bondi
    16th May 2018
    9:05pm
    MICK, I know for a fact that is not true and obviously you have not had the pleasure of going to an emergency section and watching people going in with sore fingers and nothing really obvious while you are in extreme pain. I went to the windows and let them know I was in extreme distress but to no avail. I later complained to all and sundry and it was found the system was first in first served with only a token attempt at triage and it made no difference what a person was suffering from.
    buby
    19th May 2018
    10:54am
    yES MICK YOU COULD BE right there in some cases yes.
    cause in this day and age there are NO jobs to be had they all gone off shore, and they all want it easy like we got it lol.
    but the times they have all changed, and they can thank their smart arse governments for that.
    and we all suffering, one way or another.
    I think they let in so many immigrants and they forgot how many resouces they had to get going, cause many of these couldn't speak english/then some of the problems they brought with them, cause they didn't intergrate as well as the old ones did!! Yeh lots of problems. then they UPped the utility expenses, that slugged the oldies even more.So there were many things they didn't have to do, but they did. IT really stuffed us UP.
    Magic Touch
    16th May 2018
    2:44pm
    Oars I fully agreed to what you had spoken out. I had a fall last weak in a shopping centre due to the reflecting light inside the car park. As you know when you had come to this age it,s like an old tree, you dont had money to ask some one to do it for you and you try to do it yourself it will happen one day it,s the negligence of the shopping center instate of a ramp it was a high stept.
    Jim
    16th May 2018
    3:34pm
    I have never had a problem getting seen to at our local hospital, I only have praise for our healthcare workers, mind I v'e only been to hospital 4 times in over 50 years, and 3 of those have been in the last 8 years the other time was in the 60's, the time I went 8 years ago was for a suspected heart problem, which turned out to be a thoracic problem to do with arthritis, the next two times were both heart attacks within 3 days of each other, this was just over 12 months ago, the 1st one happened on a Friday and I stupidly asked to go home because I felt a little better and believed other people were more in need of the bed, the 2nd time 3 days later they didn't give me the option of going home, obviously more serious, the point I am clumsily trying to make is that the treatment I got was absolutely 1st class, no waiting at all a bed was found for me straight away, and I was operated on within a couple of days, I was also provided with some fantastic after care and rehab. Maybe I was just lucky, but everyone I spoke to couldn't speak highly enough of our healthcare workers, and I was very greatful for everything they did for me.
    GrayComputing
    16th May 2018
    4:08pm
    More exercise including swimming and jogging and balancing activities helps a lot
    My old judo training helps a lot so I do not tense up when I (rarely) fall.
    A recent fall of a bike resulted in a tiny graze on my arms
    buby
    19th May 2018
    10:58am
    well that might be good for you gray, but when i had to go swim, for the excerise, i kept getting infections all the time. so i had to stop, so good for you, but not good for me!!
    Perhaps its all the well covered ladies in the pool bringing in more bacteria than is usual. Who knows, I've never had it so bad. SO no more wading in the nice warm pool?
    Knows-a-lot
    16th May 2018
    4:22pm
    Women account for the majority of falls in the over-65 age-group because on average they live longer than men.
    Tib
    16th May 2018
    8:26pm
    The good die young.
    MD
    17th May 2018
    8:34am
    Does that mean you and I are can expect to be around for even better times in the long haulTib?
    Tib
    17th May 2018
    9:45am
    MD I could live forever.
    MD
    17th May 2018
    10:08am
    Yeh good luck with that Tib I'm tempted to say .. 'somewhere over the rainbow' - best not, it carries entirely different connotations nowadays in our multi coloured melting pot.
    Tib
    17th May 2018
    2:44pm
    MD trust me there is no rainbow anywhere near me. Ha ha
    buby
    19th May 2018
    10:59am
    Well if women were better taken care of we might last longer but me thinks thats really a big mith!!
    Glen48
    16th May 2018
    4:45pm
    Falls kill more people in the World than any thing else
    Adrianus
    20th May 2018
    9:14am
    That depends on the distance of the fall.
    Aussie
    16th May 2018
    5:09pm
    The best exercise for joints, muscle and bones is dancing specially some Latin dance because you have to move your hip and arms and move around .... I do Salsa dance 2 times a week ... not to crazy dancing just movements enjoying the music for about an hour and feel good ... I never fall ....also I constantly look where I walk in front of me about 2 meters in front ...always that way I do not put my food in any area that may make me fall ......

    Hope this help someone

    Try this slow like Cha Cha Cha he he he

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VbTen6EmSmU

    or if you game try this he he he he https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HVczWZir0po he he he

    Good luck and good happy exercises
    Aussie
    16th May 2018
    5:13pm
    May you can do this ...he he he he is good ...https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OpKBViproaY
    KSS
    16th May 2018
    6:15pm
    Yet another reason to stay active as you age. Staying active means better balance and stronger bones so in the even of a trip or fall, you can right yourself quicker (thus avoiding a fall) or 'bounce' better (in the case of a fall).
    Tib
    16th May 2018
    8:28pm
    True , balance in most cases is about strength. So you can improve it.
    Funny face
    16th May 2018
    9:40pm
    After I had a fall and went to hospital the dr took one look and said " dog or cat". That one was the dog. The next one ( quite a few years later when I was in my 60's ) was the cat. The dr told me that that was the most common cause of falls.
    MD
    17th May 2018
    8:46am
    Years ago (lawdy, so many it's a wonder I can recall) I fell whilst dancing. The cheeky dance partner asked me, "Are you falling for me?" I replied "You may be right, I get dazzled by the stars in your eyes whenever you dance with me". To which the cheeky imp said "What d'you expect, it's a full moon tonight".
    Aussie
    17th May 2018
    1:54pm
    come on MD tell us more ....come on mate we want more ...what hapen after ????
    MD
    17th May 2018
    4:55pm
    Oh just the usual Aussie, held hands and walked off into the moonlight
    Aussie
    17th May 2018
    9:44pm
    MD ...... definitely a real gentleman .... well done mate not many like you ..... great feeling I guess he he he and nice memories .... yes I have a few too but i still creating new memories for the future he he he he he he
    Aussie
    17th May 2018
    9:45pm
    Md mate ... my life is a constant adventure that is why I am so healthy and no money he he he he only my pension but still living a nice adventure every day ..... strongly recommended he he he
    MD
    21st May 2018
    8:25am
    I'm happy for you Aussie. On the strength of it I'm guessing that makes three of us happy with our lot (in order of due merit):- O.G, yourself and yours truly. Although happiness is a choice, in OG's case it's probably due to self righteousness.
    Arisaid
    18th May 2018
    12:38pm
    Shocking state of footpaths and dratted bi or tri focals!! Also trying to avoid people looking at their phones and not where they are going.
    Adrianus
    20th May 2018
    9:21am
    If your falls are caused by lack of balance then I suggest balancing exercises. It will change your life. So, rather than blaming the state of the footpaths or the bifocals, or other people putting you off balance, why not look at what you can do for yourself to maintain good balance?
    Getting all councils to move mountains is a lot harder than balancing exercises.
    MD
    21st May 2018
    8:13am
    Steady on Adrianus, if you lean any further forward on that chair you'll overbalance (maybe that's why you're protecting your face).


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