Exercise as a falls prevention strategy in the care of older people
Intended for healthcare professionals

Exercise as a falls prevention strategy in the care of older people

Vivian Zinyemba Consultant practitioner, NHS@Home Virtual Wards, Wiltshire Health and Care, England, and advanced practice south east regional training programme lead – frailty/community, NHS England Workforce, Training and Education

Why you should read this article:
  • To recognise the importance of exercise in older people in preventing falls

  • To enhance your confidence in promoting exercise programmes suitable for older people

  • To contribute towards revalidation as part of your 35 hours of CPD (UK readers)

  • To contribute towards your professional development and local registration renewal requirements (non-UK readers)

Older people who sustain a fall may experience a range of adverse outcomes, such as distress, injury and loss of independence. Falls increase the risk of frailty and frailty increases the risk of falls. Regular exercise is a pillar of falls prevention and can have extensive benefits for older people’s health, well-being and ability to undertake activities they enjoy. As part of the multidisciplinary team, nurses have a pivotal role in implementing exercise-based falls prevention strategies for older people and in encouraging their patients to exercise. This article discusses exercise as a falls prevention strategy in hospital and in the community and supports nurses to develop their knowledge and confidence in promoting exercise in older people.

Nursing Older People. doi: 10.7748/nop.2024.e1452

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Conflict of interest

None declared

Zinyemba V (2024) Exercise as a falls prevention strategy in the care of older people. Nursing Older People. doi: 10.7748/nop.2024.e1452

Published online: 10 January 2024

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