Introduction

Have you fallen down in the past or are you falling down more frequently?  Yes, old age is a factor but there are steps you can take to help prevent a serious life altering fall in the future.

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention:

  • One in four Americans aged 65+ falls each year.
  • Every 11 seconds, an older adult is treated in the emergency room for a fall; every 19 minutes, an older adult dies from a fall.
  • Falls are the leading cause of fatal injury and the most common cause of nonfatal trauma-related hospital admissions among older adults.
  • Falls result in more than 2.8 million injuries treated in emergency departments annually, including over 800,000 hospitalizations and more than 27,000 deaths.

Causes

Here are a few things that could be causing your falls:

  • Arthritis
  • Chronic pain
  • Knee Pain
  • Hip Pain
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Foot disorders
  • Muscle weakness in the legs
  • Vertigo (dizziness) or balance difficulties
  • Sensory disorders, such as vision or hearing problems, or neuropathy (numbness) in the legs and feet
  • Fear that you will fall again

 

Prevention

A Physical Therapy program can reduce the risk of falling down by increasing strength and balance.

Healthy Aging

People living in the U.S. are living longer than ever before.  A lot of our seniors live active and healthy lives into their late 90s. But there’s no getting around one thing: aging effects everyone, our bodies and minds are constantly changing.

You can stay healthy by follow a few simple steps of course:

  • Eat a nutrition dense diet
  • Keep your mind and body active
  • Don’t smoke
  • Get regular checkups
  • Practice safety habits to avoid accidents and prevent falls

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