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Ageing Well: Falls

Explore why people fall, discover practical methods to reduce the risk of falling and recognise when to seek expert help.

What’s the difference between a free course and an upgraded course?

Free:

  • Access to the course for its duration + 14 days, regardless of when you join (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps, quizzes)
  • No access to course tests
  • No certificate

Upgraded:

  • Unlimited access to the course, for as long as it exists on FutureLearn (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps, quizzes)
  • Access to course tests
  • A Certificate of Achievement when you complete the course

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Ageing Well: Falls

Why join the course?

Every day in the UK, almost 10,000 people aged over 65 will fall down. The personal costs are staggering, with falls resulting in injury, broken bones, fear of falling and social isolation.

People fall because of a complex mix of factors. To reduce falling, it is important to identify these factors, and recognise those that could signify serious, but treatable, underlying medical problems.

This interactive course will enable you to:

  • Learn more about why falls are just so important
  • Discover ways of assessing and reducing the risk of falling
  • Recognise when to seek help
  • Explore how to prevent falls and injury

During the course, we will meet people who have been affected by falls through a series of video case studies, and discuss together the important issues they raise, which we hope will be informative, practical and enlightening.

We will draw on the knowledge and experience of world leading experts at Newcastle University through our Meet the Experts series. This includes work with the award winning Falls and Syncope Service (FASS) at Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary - the largest unit of its kind in Europe, recognised internationally for its innovative work in the field of falls and blackouts.

You can find out more about this course in Professor Julia Newton’s blog post: “Falls are not a normal part of ageing.”

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Skip to 0 minutes and 7 secondsMillions of people fall each year. In the UK alone, almost 10,000 people aged over 65 will fall today. The consequences of falls are far-reaching-- affecting the economy, society, family, and friends. But the personal consequences can be severe. We all know someone who has fallen. Falls can result in injury, broken bones, loss of confidence, and social isolation. By taking this course, you'll appreciate why assessing and reducing the risk of falling is so important. You will explore ways to prevent falls and injury-- recognising when it is important to seek help. Whether you've fallen yourself, know someone who is at risk of falling, or care for someone who has fallen, this engaging and empowering course is for you.

Skip to 0 minutes and 59 secondsIt will not replace clinical fall services. But we hope will help you manage your risk of falling. OK? Yes. Good. Newcastle University is a world leader in research into ageing. Our Institute for Ageing, alongside the Newcastle Upon Tyne Hospital's Falls and Syncope Service, forms one of Europe's busiest and largest services for people who fall, blackout, or have dizziness. It is also host to some of the world's leading clinical experts. We have developed the course with people who have fallen, for people who are at risk of falling, and for those who care for them. Join us as we discover together how some falls are treatable and preventable, and that falls as we age are not inevitable.

What topics will you cover?

  • Identify falls risk factors
  • Recognise factors that could signify serious, but treatable, underlying medical problems
  • Learn more about why falls are important
  • Discover ways of assessing and reducing the risk of falling
  • Recognise when to seek help
  • Explore how to prevent falls and injury
  • Interact with others who have fallen
  • Discuss the important issues falls raise

When would you like to start?

  • Date to be announced

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you'll be able to...

  • Describe how falls are defined
  • Explore some practical anatomy and physiology to discover how our body stays upright
  • Investigate risk factors for falling and identify your own risks for falling
  • Describe the actions to take immediately after a fall
  • Explore what happens in a specialist falls clinic
  • Explain how to keep bones strong and healthy
  • Describe effective treatments to prevent falls
  • Explore falls research and possibilities for the future

Who is the course for?

Whether you have been affected by falls yourself or care for someone who has, this course will help you understand what you can do to prevent falls and also what you can do if you have experienced a fall.

What do people say about this course?

This is an excellent course with some very practical suggestions, great supportive videos and articles. Everyone would benefit from this course.

Vina

it has raised my awareness of risk factors and I am modifying my behaviour to reduce risk

Geoffrey

Who will you learn with?

Julia Newton and James Frith

Julia Newton, Professor of Ageing & Medicine and James Frith, Academic Clinical Lecturer in Geriatric Medicine, Newcastle University & Falls & Syncope Service, Newcastle Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Who developed the course?

A thriving international community of over 20,000 students. The university’s mission as a world-class civic university means it applies its academic excellence to real-world challenges.

What’s the difference between a free course and an upgraded course?

Free:

  • Access to the course for its duration + 14 days, regardless of when you join (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps, quizzes)
  • No access to course tests
  • No certificate

Upgraded:

  • Unlimited access to the course, for as long as it exists on FutureLearn (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps, quizzes)
  • Access to course tests
  • A Certificate of Achievement when you complete the course

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Get extra benefits, upgrade this course. For $89 you'll get:

Unlimited access

Upgrading will mean you get unlimited access to the course.

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  • Take the course at your own pace
  • Refer to the material at any point in future

If you’re taking a course for free you have access to the course for its duration + 14 days, regardless of when you join. If you upgrade the course you have access for as long as the course exists on FutureLearn.

Access to tests

When you upgrade you’ll have access to any tests during the course.

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  • Validate your learning
  • Ensure you have mastered the material
  • Qualify for a certificate

To receive a Certificate of Achievement you need to take any tests and score over 70%. You don’t get access to tests if you choose to take a course for free.

Certificate of Achievement

Upgrading means you’ll receive a Certificate of Achievement when you complete the course.

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  • Prove your success when applying for jobs or courses
  • Celebrate your hard work
  • Display on your LinkedIn or CV
  • Includes free shipping

To receive a Certificate of Achievement you need to mark 90% of the steps on the course as complete, and score over 70% on any course tests.

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