22,500 fall injuries amongst over 65s

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton has urged the Scottish Government to finally bring forward a national falls strategy that delivers a new “design for life” for those at risk, after it was revealed there were 22,468 emergency admissions to hospital for a fall by those aged 65 and over in 2018.

This compares to 16,818 in 2009 - a 34% increase.

Mr Cole-Hamilton said:

“When I chaired the Scottish Older People’s Assembly, I was shocked to learn that for many their greatest concern wasn’t money or loneliness but a fear of falling and not being able to get up again. These new figures show those fears are well warranted, with the number of falls resulting in hospitalisations increasing dramatically in recent years.

“The Parliament backed my calls for a national falls strategy to address these concerns back in 2017, but years down the line we’ve still to see it published.

“Simple measures in this field could do wonders to improve older people’s confidence and encourage them to be out in the community more, especially in the winter. Ministers need to step up and make speedy progress.”

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