Did you know one-third of over-65’s suffer a fall every year?

Older people are also more likely to break bones which can seriously affect your health – in fact, 25 per cent of people aged over 69 who fracture their hip pass away within one year.

Now Neuroscience Research Australia (NeuRA) has developed a world-first course to train older people to avoid falls.

The walkway in their Sydney gait lab exposes people to hidden slip and trip hazards – while strapped into a safety harness – so they learn to react better.

Unlike falls prevention training that involves balance exercises, such as standing on one leg, it’s designed for real-life situations and has just been trialled by a group of 50 volunteers aged over 65 years.

A new spring in your step

NeuRA is also developing step training games – similar to video games like Tetris and Space Invaders – that people can play with their feet to improve their strength and balance.

Senior Principal Research Fellow at NeuRA, Professor Stephen Lord tells us: “We all get to a stage where we get weaker and our vision can be impaired, but the good thing is you can do something about it – and you might not even have to do it very often.”

“We all get to a stage where we get weaker and our vision can be impaired, but the good thing is you can do something about it – and you might not even have to do it very often.”

Hip protectors – a tip from Jill: these are commonly used in aged care homes to protect residents if they suffer a fall. Studies have shown they can reduce the rate of hip fractures so they really do work! You can purchase them online or at pharmacies to wear at home too. They are available for both men and women and can even be built into underwear or pants.



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A special thanks to our contributors

Antonia Norris

Researcher and Contributor

Antonia has led the operations and growth of the agedcare101.com.au and villages.com.au within the DCM Group in Australia and New Zealand for several years. This has included the research and creation agedcare101 in 2016, the creation of the DCM Institute and Te Ara Institute, the joint contribution of Care & Living with Mercer (CaLM) and the TV series, The Best 30 Years, screened on NINE nationally.



Caroline has a wealth of experience writing within the retirement and aged care sector and is a contributing journalist for the Villages.com.au and agedcare101 blog and accompanying newsletters.

Ian Horswill


Ian is a journalist, writer and sub-editor for the aged care sector, working at The DCM Group. He writes for The Weekly Source, agedcare101, villages.com.au and the DCM Institute fortnightly newsletter Friday. Ian is in daily contact with CEOs of retirement living, land lease and the aged care operations and makes a new contact every week. He investigates media releases, LinkedIn and Facebook for a good source for ideas for stories.

Lauren Broomham

Retirement and Aged Care Journalist

Lauren is a journalist for villages.com.au, agedcare101 and The Donaldson Sisters. Growing up in a big family in small town communities, she has always had a love for the written word, joining her local library at the age of six months. With over eight years' experience in writing and editing, she is a keen follower of news and current affairs with a nose for a good story.

Jill Donaldson


Jill has been practicing as a clinical physiotherapist for 30 years. For the last 13 years she has worked solely in the Aged Care sector in more than 50 metropolitan and regional facilities. Jill has also toured care facilities in the US and Africa and is a passionate advocate for both the residents in aged care and the staff who care for them. She researches and writes for DCM Media.

Chris Baynes

DCM Media, agedcare101

Chris has been a journalist and publisher in the retirement village and aged care sectors for 11 years. He has visited over 250 retirement villages and 50 aged care facilities both within Australia and internationally. Chris is a regular speaker at industry conferences plus is a frequent radio commentator.

Annie Donaldson

Nurse and Carer

Annie has a long career in both nursing and the media. She has planned and co-ordinated the medical support from both international TV productions and major stadium events. In recent years she has been a primary family carer plus involved in structured carer support.