Last reviewed 01/2018
Instability, the principal feature of which is falls, is a common feature of elderly people.
- in community dwelling people, 30% of those over 65 years old and over 40% for those over 75 have had a fall in the past 12 months.
- around 50% of the falls are seen in people with a history of falls (twice or more a year )
- is the commonest cause of accidental deaths in elders over 75 years (1)