Newcastle University launches free online course
Updated on Oct 17, 2014 - 10:35 a.m. IST by Bedasree Das
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Newcastle University is launching a new free online course to help older people learn how to prevent falls and injury. The four-week course, hosted on the FutureLearn social learning platform, is called ‘Ageing Well: Falls’.

The interactive course will go live on 24 November, 2014 and is now open for registration. The course will be taken by leading scientists from Newcastle University’s Medical School.

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In the course, participants will spend two hours per week learning about ways to reduce the risk of falling and when to seek help. They will meet people who have been affected by falls through a series of video case studies, and discuss together the important issues they raise.

Professor Newton, who is one of the course leaders says “While much is known about the effects of falls in older people, less attention has been paid to studying and preventing the risks of falling. This course will help older people understand what they can do to prevent falls and also what they can do if they have experienced a fall.”

This is the second free online course launched by Newcastle University.  It includes work with the award winning Falls and Syncope Service (FASS) at Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary, and has been developed in partnership with the National Institute For Health Research - Biomedical Research Centre in Ageing which is based in Newcastle.

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