One in three adults, living at home and who are 65 and older, fall each year. This number increases to one in two by the age of 80. Injuries after a fall can lead to hospitalization or even death. Adults who fall can experience limited independence with their daily activities because they are afraid of falling again. This fear often results in limited physical activity, which can cause an increase in weakness, which makes the risk of falling even greater. The fear of falling can often lead to social isolation.
What We Know About Falls
*Fear of falling is a risk factor for falls!
Did You Know...
Annually, the number one cause of hospital trauma admissions, fractures, loss of independence and death injuries amongst 2.8 million older adults in America stems from a fall. You may be less likely to fall by not wearing bifocal or multifocal lenses when walking and climbing stairs.
Certain medications, such as antidepressants, tranquilizers, sedatives and over-the-counter medications may interfere with balance causing instability when walking.
Studies by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ Evaluation of Community-based Wellness and Prevention Programs show that participating in A Matter Of Balance (AMOB) leads to medical cost savings. Cost savings in unplanned inpatient admissions, skilled nursing facility and home health settings were also a result of AMOB participation. AMOB participation was associated with a $938 decrease in total medical costs per year.
The breakdown of medical cost savings are:
Prevent hip fractures by taking steps to strengthen your bones and prevent falls:
*Talk to Your Doctor
*Get Screened for Osteoporosis
Get screened for osteoporosis and treated if needed.
*Do Strength and Balance Exercises
Do exercises that make your legs stronger and improve your balance. Tai Chi is a good example of this kind of exercise.
*Have Your Eyes Checked
*Make Your Home Safer
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