Posted on September 16, 2014
The days will begin to become shorter; the temperatures grow cooler as we prepare for the upcoming fall season. The fall isn’t only a season we all get to experience; it is also potentially an action where we may end up on the receiving end. A fall is a serious incident that could result in bruising, cuts or scrapes, and even breaks or fractures.
According to the National Council on Aging, falls are the leading cause of injury death for older Americans. As a result of a fall older individuals are burdened with the loss of independence, safety, and costs (personal/economic). The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that 1/3 of Americans aged 65+ falls each year. This breaks down to being every 14 seconds an older adult is treated in the emergency room for a fall. Every 29 minutes an older individual dies following a fall.
Even if an older adult experiences a fall without an injury they become subjected to an impact upon their quality of life. They begin to fear falling which places limitations on their life in terms of social interactions and physical activities. These limitations could potentially result in depression, decline in physical health, isolation, and feelings of helplessness.
Fall prevention is how older adults can prepare themselves to avoid the detriment of a fall. It is as simple as reaching out to your local community. Both physical therapists and occupational therapists can assist an individual in a program that improves coordination, balance, agility, gait, and muscular strength. As we continue to age these areas of our lives will need more attention than that of when we were younger. However, with a regular program or routine older adults can stay strong!
This upcoming September 23rd is both the first day of fall and Falls Prevention Awareness Day. Join us in this raised awareness! If you or someone you know could benefit from a ‘fall screening’ contact us today so as we can better assist you and help ensure your safety, your independence. The only thing this season that needs to fall would be the leaves.