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.
Here are a few things that could be causing your falls:
- 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
A Physical Therapy program can reduce the risk of falling down by increasing strength and balance.
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