Ageing Well: Why Older People Fall

Online Course

Future Learn
Ageing Well: Why Older People Fall

What is the course about?

Ageing Well: Why Older People Fall
The course Ageing Well: Why Older People Fall is an online class provided by Newcastle University through Future Learn. It may be possible to receive a verified certification or use the course to prepare for a degree.

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

Course description
  • Learn why falls are dangerous and how you can prevent falls in the elderly
  • 4 weeks
  • Every day in the UK, almost 10,000 people aged over 65 will fall over. A bad fall can have serious repercussions, potentially resulting in injury, broken bones, fear of falling, and social isolation.
  • On this course you’ll learn why falls are so dangerous for older people, and how to assess and reduce the risk of falling. You’ll discover how to identify the factors that put people at risk of falling, and what you can do to minimise them.
  • You’ll learn from world-leading experts at Newcastle University, using practical examples to explore how to prevent slips, trips, and falls.
  • You can find out more about this course in Professor Julia Newton’s blog post: “Falls are not a normal part of ageing.”
  • Identify fall 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
  • 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
  • This course is for anyone affected by falling, or for people caring for others at risk of falling. It would also be valuable for healthcare professionals currently working – or seeking to work – with older people.
  • Newcastle University
  • 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.

Prerequisites & Facts

Ageing Well: Why Older People Fall

Course Topic

Healthcare & Medicine, Nursing

University, College, Institution

Newcastle University

Course Skill Level

Course Language


Place of class

Online, self-paced (see curriculum for more information)



Degree & Cost

Ageing Well: Why Older People Fall

To obtain a verified certificate from Future Learn / Newcastle University you have to finish this course or the latest version of it, if there is a new edition. The class may be free of charge, but there could be some cost to receive a verified certificate or to access the learning materials. The specifics of the course may have been changed, please consult the provider to get the latest quotes and news.
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Ageing Well: Why Older People Fall
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School: Newcastle University
Topic: Healthcare & Medicine, Nursing