Falling is not normal!

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Written by Ann Dennison Ann Dennison
Published: 22 September 2021 22 September 2021

The first day of fall is known as National Falls Awareness Day

We know that our bodies change as we age, but falling is not a part of the normal aging process and the majority of falls are preventable.  Unfortunately according to the CDC millions of older adults, those over 65 years, fall each year.  In fact, one out of four older adults falls each year, but less than half actually tell their doctor.  Falling is the leading cause of both fatal and non-fatal injuries for people over 65 years of age.  Injuries can include hip fractures or other broken bones and traumatic brain injuries which can lead to long-term health issues and an increased likelihood of future falls.  Even experiencing a fall without an injury can make older adults fearful or depressed and cause them to decrease their activity level which also elevates their fall risk. 

As most falls are preventable, below are some of the common factors leading to falls in the older population:

Physical therapy can help older adults reduce their fall risk by addressing strength, mobility, and balance deficits.  The therapist can also evaluate and educate individuals on their fall risk and provide education on modifications to their home environment.  Contact our office to schedule an evaluation and fall risk assessment. 

For more information on fall risk and how to stay independent check out these links:

Falls Free Check Up: https://ncoa.org/article/falls-free-checkup

My Mobility plan: https://www.cdc.gov/motorvehiclesafety/pdf/older_adult_drivers/CDC-AdultMobilityTool-9.27.pdf

 

Resources: 

Bergen G, Stevens MR, Burns ER. Falls and Fall Injuries Among Adults Aged ≥65 Years — United States, 2014.MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep 2016;65:993–998. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.15585/mmwr.mm6537a2

Stevens JA, Ballesteros MF, Mack KA, Rudd RA, DeCaro E, Adler G. Gender differences in seeking care for falls in the aged Medicare Population. Am J Prev Med 2012;43:59–62.

O’Loughlin J et al. Incidence of and risk factors for falls and injurious falls among the community-dwelling elderly. American journal of epidemiology, 1993, 137:342-54.

www.cdc.gov

www.ncoa.org

 

Jennifer Buono, PT, DPT