Falls are a major health issue in the community with around 30% of adults over 65 experiencing at least one fall per year. Falls can result in older people limiting their activities, as well as a reduced quality of life and a loss of independence. Even falls that do not result in physical injuries can result in “post-fall syndrome” – a loss of confidence and increased hesitancy and tentativeness. It has been found that after falling, 48% of older people report a fear of falling and 25% report reducing their activities. Falls can also lead to disability and decreased mobility which often results in increased dependency on others and an increased probability of going into care.
Professor Rezaul Begg, from Victoria University’s Institute for Health and Sport, is one of 15 recipients to receive $2.8 million (shared equally among 15 funded projects) from the Victorian Government agency for innovation, veski, for his research into this growing problem in our ageing population.