Slip­ping up

Irish Examiner - Feelgood - - Ageing With Attitude -

Stop the Slip: Re­duc­ing Slips, Trips and Falls, Thom Disch, €15.63 FALLS in older adults are a ma­jor prob­lem in Ire­land, with an es­ti­mated 30% of adults over 65 fall­ing each year. In Ire­land alone it is es­ti­mated the an­nual health­care costs as­so­ci­ated with falls is €500m. Al­though this book ad­dresses the same ma­jor prob­lem in the US, the au­thor points out that it is a global prob­lem and his book ad­dresses how each of us as an in­di­vid­ual can be­come more aware re­gard­ing avoid­ing slip­ping, trip­ping and fall­ing (STF). He ar­gues that the first step — lit­er­ally — is aware­ness, as most falls ac­tu­ally hap­pen in and around the home. He points out that there are var­i­ous fac­tors that come into play for STF in­juries — our age, footwear, weather, med­i­ca­tion-use and hav­ing pets around, to name just a few.

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