Did you know that falls are responsible for 90% of Injury-Related ED and Hospital Visits Among adults age 65+?
The number of falls could be reduced significantly if we all participated in a more concerted approach toward falls prevention interventions, including referral to physical therapy.
Adjusting or eliminating certain prescribed medicines is highly recommended, e.g. opoids, where an overdose can lead to a fall or worse.
Most important is prevention of falls and to minimize injuries and return people to an independent functional quality of life after a fall.
Falls and injuries are not an inevitable part of aging.
A good start is to engage in specific exercises to improve strength, balance and functional independence and mobility under the supervision of an expert.
Regular eye exams and speaking with a health care provider about reducing medications that can increase the risk for injury are also recommended.
Health care providers can help prevent injuries by recommending that people participate in effective interventions, including referrals to physical therapy and avoiding certain medications that have side effects of dizziness or lightheadedness.
Here are some tips for you:
- Stay active – daily walking and activity – ask a friend to join you to keep you accountable
- Wear proper fitting shoes – avoid flip flops
- Practice safety around your home and do a safety check daily – look out for throw rugs, uneven surfaces, or unstable handrails. Install grab bars in your bathroom.
- Be vigilant – scan your environment to avoid obstacles
- Be proactive – schedule a regular check-up yearly with your physical therapist
If you have questions, contact Ann H. Newstead, PT, DPT, PhD for more information about how to prevent a fall.
Exercise Expert in Aging Adults
Geriatric, Neurologic, and Vestibular Clinical Specialist
14418 Old Bandera Rd.
Helotes, TX 78023