Preventing Falls in the Elderly: More Years of Quality Life
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Elderly population
Fall prevention
Finland population



Submitted : 2023-05-27
Accepted : 2023-06-11
Published : 2023-06-26


The aging of Finland’s population at an accelerating rate has brought about unprecedented challenges to its social welfare and healthcare. The proportion of people over 65 is estimated to be as high as 26% in 2030. Falls in the elderly have long been a concern, as they result in serious consequences, including suffering, disability, and even death. In Finland, the mortality and disability-adjusted life years (DALYs) due to falls in people aged 70 and above have shown a steady increase from 1990 to 2019. The disease burden of falls and DALYs remain significant in Finland. Although national systematic actions have been implemented in Finland for the prevention of falls, continuous efforts should be made. Fall prevention is the responsibility of every professional, and this work must involve the patients and their relatives.


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