Vitamin D – providing a strong D-fence against falls
District health boards, primary health organisations and ACC have been working to increase Vitamin D prescribing rates in an effort to reduce falls among older adults living in residential care.
18,000 fall each year
As many as 18,000 people in this group will fall each year. The financial cost is around 11 million dollars in ACC claims and the personal cost for these vulnerable people may be devastating.
Improved muscular strength
However, evidence shows that Vitamin D supplementation can significantly improve muscle strength and psychomotor function and reduce bone turnover (which results in osteoporosis) – in turn reducing the risk and likelihood of falls and injury.
Currently, 67% of older adults living in residential care are prescribed vitamin D – up from 17% in 2007- and the D-fence programme aims to see 70% uptake by the end of June this year.
Published 01/10/2012Share this
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