A DROP-IN event for elderly people was held to advise them on steps they can take to avoid falls.
A series of local agencies attended the event, which was held at Scarborough’s Age UK office in Aberdeen Walk, as part of the charity’s 2011 Falls Awareness Week.
Representatives from the Scarborough Council Home Improvement Agency, the Scarborough talking newspaper, Scarborough Blind and Partially Sighted Society and Yorkshire Coast Homes were on hand to offer expert advice.
They were joined by Thea Newham, of Local Eyes Opticians, Sam Codling of Pagan and McQuade Opticians and David Brearey of Brown and Humphreys Opticians.
Falls are among the biggest causes of hospitalisation for people over the age of 65.
Many falls result in fractures and half of those who suffer a hip fracture never regain their former level of mobility.
Tragically, one in five people with such a fracture will die within three months.
Ketyn Jepson, of Age Concern Scarborough and District, said: “Sadly it’s true that falling is a natural part of aging.
“Around 30 per cent of people over 65 and 50 per cent of over 80s will fall each year.
“What’s not true, however, is the common belief that falls are just another inconvenience to put up with.
“Simple interventions, such as eye tests and strength and balance sessions, can reduce the risk of falls.”