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It’s normal for your body to go through some changes as you get older. Once you pass age 40, muscle mass begins to decrease, your vision can worsen, and you may find yourself on more than one medication for various health conditions. All these factors can make you more susceptible to a fall, and according to the CDC, falls are the number one cause of injuries in those age 65 and older.
One fall can alter your entire lifestyle, threatening your independence and overall health. Falls often result in bone fractures of the hip, leg, ankle, pelvis, spine or arm. Plus, they can even cause brain injuries. The CDC reports that one in three seniors fall each year, with more than 2.8 million people heading to the emergency room for injuries due to a fall.
After you fall once, your chances of a subsequent fall double. This is because once a person falls, they often become fearful of falling again and neglect to take proper care of their health, leading to a decline in their mobility.
While it’s impossible to prevent all accidents, learning some safety tips to prevent falls in seniors can help decrease the risk. Most falls occur in the home, with over a third of adults over the age of 65 experiencing a fall in their homes.
Here are five fall prevention tips to ensure you stay safe, healthy and independent:
At Peabody Retirement Community in North Manchester, Indiana, we make preventing falls in seniors a top priority. Available in our Rehabilitation Center, our Biodex Balance System™ provides state-of-the-art balance screening by performing a comprehensive fall risk screening and developing patient-specific, targeted conditioning protocols. Our professional staff will create a personalized program to help decrease your risk of falling and improve your balance. To learn more about the Biodex Balance System or our Rehab to Home program, please contact us today.