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60% of falls happen around the home.
Falls are a common problem for older people and are often the reason people are admitted to hospital or move to a nursing home or hostel. The likelihood of a fall increases partly because of the natural changes that happen as our bodies age.
It is important to talk to your doctor about any falls you have. Falls can be a sign of a new medical problem, muscle weakness, balance problems, medication side effects or a combination of these and other problems.
For more information about preventing falls, refer to the Australian Government's Guide for preventing falls in older people, Don't Fall For It.
Source: Australian Government, Department of Health and Ageing, Don't Fall For It, A guide to preventing falls for older people.