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By: Rebecca Sargeant
Falls can happen quickly and unexpectedly. They can result in bruised pride, or something much worse like a broken hip. According to STEADI (the Center for Disease Control’s Older Adult Fall Prevention program), one in four older adults reported falling. In 2015, 28,000 older adults died from the consequences of a fall. The risk of falling increases as a person ages, however there are three key ways to decrease your chances of falling:
2. Talk to your doctor.
3. Make balance and strength exercises a part of your daily routine.
Modifying your home set-up or talking with your doctor are simple steps, but can pay off big time by preventing a hip fracture or other injury and length hospital stay. A regular exercise routine takes determination to start, but will help you be more mobile, less likely to fall, and more healthy.
As we age, fall prevention becomes more and more important. Our balance isn’t as great, our reaction times are slowed and our bodies just don’t recover like they used to. Learn more about how our Active Aging program can help you prevent a fall!
Take these three steps to allow you to stay active and participate in hobbies you enjoy without worrying about falling. To schedule an evaluation with one of our experts on fall prevention, visit our website or call (804) 764-1000.