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The risks old people face

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 11/07/2016

ACC IS PUTTING MORE THAN $30 MILLION INTO SERVICES TO REDUCE THE NUMBER OF FALLS AND FRACTURES OLDer PEOPLE SUFFER - THIS IS WHY:

* If you're over 65, you have a one-in-three chance of falling, and between 10 and 20 per cent of these falls result in an injury such as a hip fracture, hospitalisation or death

* For people aged 80 and over, the risk of falling increases to one-in-two

* Falls cause around 40 per cent of ACC claims for people aged between 65 and 69, and around 60 per cent of claims for those aged over 85

* Severity of fall-related injury increases with age - an 80-year-old has 15 times the risk of a hip fracture compared with a 65-year-old

* A hip fracture for someone aged 80 or over is associated with a 33 per cent chance of entering residential care, and a 20 per cent chance of dying within 12 months

WHAT THE MONEY WILL BE USED FOR:

* In-home and community-based strength and balance programmes

* Fracture liaison services, to identify and treat those at risk of osteoporosis and further fractures

* Assessment and management of hazards in the home

* Medication review for people taking multiple medicines

* Vitamin D prescribing in Aged Residential Care

* Service integration across primary and secondary care to provide seamless pathways in the falls and fracture system.

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