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Using our organs and senses to combat gravity

In this second video about how our body is designed to stay upright, we will discover how important our senses are to maintain balance. Maintaining balance is hugely important in …

Using our skeleton to combat gravity

In the next two videos we will discover how our bodies are designed to help keep us upright. Learning how our body is supported and how it combats the effects …

Home hazards – sharing our results

Now that we have seen some of the most common hazards, let’s see if we can identify any others around our home. If you are struggling to find any around …

Home hazards checklist

We have seen some of the most common hazards which cause falls in the home, but there are many more that professionals such as Occupational Therapists look out for when …

Home hazards

Despite our homes being very familiar to us, home is the place where we most often fall. The familiarity can put us at a disadvantage. We may not notice things …

Responding to your risk

Using what we have learned so far this week, can you think of any risk factors which are present in your life? You will probably be able to think of …

Introduction to risks

As we saw last week, toddlers, teenagers and young adults also fall regularly. But this is often as a result of more risky behaviour and activities. When we say falls …

What is fear of falling?

Fear of falling is more complicated than it sounds. It is a person’s belief in their own ability to perform a task safely, without losing balance or falling. However, it …

Dizziness

Dizziness is commonly associated with falls, in fact it usually signifies an underlying medical problem. In this animation we will see three of the most common forms of dizziness: vertigo, …

Medication

Medication use is becoming much more common amongst all ages. Over the past 10 years, the proportion of people who take five or more regular medications has almost doubled. Increase …

Sticks and shoes

Have you ever, or do you know anyone who has, borrowed a walking stick that was fitted for someone else? © Newcastle University Larger version of stick measurement image Ill …