Category Archives: Ageing Well: Falls

Anything relating to the Ageing Well: Falls course on FutureLearn.

Words we associate with falls

wordcloud of most frequently used words

We’ve invited course participants on Ageing Well: Falls to tell us the three words they associate with falls.  It’s made fascinating reading, thank you to everyone who has contributed so far.

You can see the most frequently used words in the word cloud above and we’ll be updating this during the course – so it’s not too late to have your say.

Balancing act: filming for falls at Circus Central

The digital media team captured some wonderful images at Circus Central for our upcoming course Ageing Well: Falls which starts on the 24th November. You can sign up through the FutureLearn pages.

Vladamir web

The footage shows Vladamir walking a wire and standing on a barrel. This will become part of a video illustrating how amazing the body is at balancing. We hope that exploring the science of balance and walking upright, will help course participants understand how to manage the risk of falling and possible preventative measures covered in the course.

Vladamir (pictured on the wire) has 45 years experience as a performer, including tours with the Moscow State Circus. He is now settled in Gateshead, and teaches classes at Circus Central  (based in the Christ Church Building on Shieldfield Green in Newcastle). Circus Central’s mission is ‘to provide access to fun, high quality circus experiences for everyone’. They have a growing range of workshops for all ages and levels and can provide circus workshops, parties and trainings for groups. Find out more about Circus Central at


Ageing Well: Falls – please help spread the word!

falls_img_lo_resDo you know someone who has fallen? A friend? Family member? Someone you care for?

Our second free online course with FutureLearn starts on 24 November, but you can sign up now.

The Lead Educators, Professor Julia Newton, Dean for Clinical Medicine and Clinical Professor of Ageing and Medicine, and Dr James Frith, Academic Clinical Lecturer in Ageing, both based in the Institute for Ageing and Health, Newcastle University have worked with Voice North in the development of this engaging and empowering course, designed for the people who have fallen, their, family, friends and carers rather than professionals.

falls_flyer_imgPlease spread the word and this flyer – share it widely – we want our course to get to as many people as possible.

Do you have a staff/waiting room where you could put one up?

There is a trailer which gives a really good idea of what you can expect over the four weeks the course runs.

If you are on social media, share the link and use #FLFalls



Ageing Well: Falls is open for signups

Everyone knows someone who has fallen…..

Domino metaphor for falls course.
The course image for Ageing Well: Falls

Newcastle University’s second free online course opened for signups yesterday – see

Whether you have been affected by falls yourself or care for someone who has, this course will help you understand what you can do to prevent falls and also what you can do if you have experienced a fall.

We have consulted with Voice North during the development of the course, to ensure that the course will appeal to people who have fallen. As well the knowledge and experience of as Professor Julia Newton and Dr James Frith, the course Lead Educators, our Meet the Experts series includes work with the award winning Falls and Syncope Service (FASS) at Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary – the largest unit of its kind in Europe, recognised internationally for its innovative work in the field of falls and blackouts.

IMG_2301_lo_resAs the course page went live, and the signup button appeared, James was in Durham with our film crew, making a video about human and primate skeletons.