Balance and Fall Prevention
Among older Americans, fall-related injuries are the leading cause of death!
Fear of falling, to some degree, has been reported to occur in 12% to 65% of older adults who live independently in the community and do not have a history of falling. Among Americans aged 65 and older, fall-related injuries are the leading cause of death due to unintentional injuries, highlighting the importance of fall prevention as part of a safety program. One in three adults age 65 and older fall each year, and falls are the leading cause of injury, trauma-related hospital admissions and death due to injury.
Many older adults and their families do not understand the factors that put them at risk for a fall and are unaware of how to reduce this risk. It has been shown that individualized multi-dimensional exercise programs yield significant improvements in balance measure, mobility measures, and decreased fall risk. An effective fall prevention program has been shown to reduce fall risk through a combination of exercise and risk education.
This program includes a comprehensive assessment to help identify:
- Existing medical conditions that may contribute to an increased risk of falling
- Fall hazards and risks related to the home environment and activities
- The need for, and correct utilization of assistive devices
- A specific exercise program to improve strength, mobility and balance
Who can benefit from this program?
- Seniors over the age of 65
- Individuals concerned with falling
- Those who have experienced falling in the past
- Those who are physically inactive
- Those with muscle weakness and limited mobility
- Those who have difficulty walking, getting up from a chair or remaining steady on their feet
- Those who complain of dizziness or lightheadedness
- Individuals who have problems with their senses, such as vision or numbness in their feet
What are the benefits of participating in this program?
- Better understanding of how to reduce the risk of falling in the home
- Develop better strength and improve balance
- Avoid injury and hospitalization