Happy Mother’s Day

In honor of our mothers: All we ever learned we learned from our mothers

  • Stand up straight
  • Eat your vegetables
  • Mend your wound
  • Be honest
  • Show compassion to others
  • Get plenty of rest

 

I remember when my mother fell four (4) times during the fall of 2000. She was simply bending over to pick up a newspaper. The last fall resulted in a fracture of her “hip” and her downward spiral.

 

Often, I hear people report they fell for no reason. 1 in 4 people 65 years old and older falls each year, and over 3 million are treated in emergency departments annually for fall injuries. The CDC estimates that 53 M people 65 years of age and over will fall by 2030 with 12 M or more injuries. Nearly double the numbers of falls.

 

The reason may not be apparent – a fall plus an injury is a major fall.

 

One woman reported that she fell and hit her head. It wasn’t until months later that she realized she had headaches and neck pain from her fall. After several treatment sessions she was a new person.

 

Falling is not part of normal aging. Falls are preventable.

  • Don’t disregard your falls.
  • Don’t minimize your falls.
  • Any fall with or without an injury needs attention.

 

­­­­­Take action:

  • Tell your doctor if you have fallen or if you feel unsteady or fearful of falling.
  • Ask for a comprehensive check-in with your physical therapist yearly.
  • Ask for a medication review.
  • Take care of your medical conditions.
  • Get your eyes check regularly.
  • Do a home safety check.
  • Stay active.

 

Classes are offered weekly via Zoom:

  • Balance in Action Mondays at 1-2pm at Casa Helotes and on Zoom
  • Yoga Tuesdays/Thursdays at 5:30 pm (all levels)
  • Floor Pilates Wednesdays at 11am (focus on core)

 

For a free Discovery Visit: 30-minute consultation with Dr. Ann Newstead, PT

Call today 210-833-8336

 

Ann H. Newstead, PT, DPT, PhD

14418 Old Bandera Rd

Helotes, TX 78023

Specialist in Vestibular, Geriatrics, Neurologic physical therapy

Certified Exercise Expert in Aging Adults

AHNewPT: Classes September – December 2021

Balance in Action – Mondays/Fridays at 1:00 pm

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Yoga in Action – Tuesdays/Thursdays at 5:15 pm

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Pilates – Wednesdays at 11:00 am

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Sept 20-24 is Fall Prevention Awareness week

Are you fearful of falling? Have you had a fall or near fall? Are you unsteady? Build your confidence and take control of your fear!

Falling is not a normal part of aging.

What are the facts about falls?

  • One out of three people over 65 years old will fall each year 
  • One out of two people over 85 years old will fall each year. 
  • Falling can be dangerous. A fall may result in broken bones, hospital visits, loss of the ability to take care of yourself and sometimes even death. 

What are some common reasons that people fall?

  • Decreased or bad eyesight 
  • Weak muscles
  • Trouble keeping your balance 
  • Side effects from your medicine 
  • Bad lighting or dark areas in your house
  • Uneven or slippery ground

Good News: You can reduce your chance of falling! What can you do to help stop a fall?

  • Schedule an eye check-up. 
  • Seek an expert physical therapist to design a well-rounded activity and exercise program to improve strength and balance.
  • Talk with your health care provider about the side effects of your medicine. 
  • Remove items from the floor of your house that may cause you to trip like rugs, toys, and foot stools. 
  • Put nightlights in areas of your house where you walk when it is dark. 

Where do I start? 

  1. Schedule an appointment for a health and fall prevention checkup. Make sure to talk about your fear of falling. Ask about your medicine and any side effects.
  2. Start and keep moving. Use the exercises given to you by your physical therapist to improve your strength and balance. These two skills will help you decrease your chance of falling.  Participation in the evidence-based fall prevention programs resulted in improved confidence, decreased fear of falling, and fewer injurious falls. 

 

Contact Ann H. Newstead, PT, DPT, PhD today for a 30-minute free consultation or fall prevention screening at 210-833-8336 or ahnewPT@gmail.com

14418 Old Bandera Road, Helotes, TX 78023



February is heart month

American Heart Month, a time when you can focus on their cardiovascular and pulmonary health. The weather has been beautiful. Start today by scheduling a walk, joining one of our classes, or finding an enjoyable activity that gets you moving.

Stay healthy and take time to begin a physical activity program. Remember your heart is a muscle. It’s not too late to start moving today.

*Balance in Action – Mondays/Fridays at 1:00 pm

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**Yoga in Action – Tuesdays/Thursdays at 5:15 pm:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81749823374 

Click to join Yoga in Action

Meeting ID: 817 4982 3374

**Pilates – Wednesdays at 1:00 pm

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/545290786

Meeting ID: 545 290 786

*free  **$40 per month unlimited classes (Yoga and Pilates)

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