FALLS BASICS

  •  Have you fallen or nearly fallen more than once in the last 12 months?
  •  Have you been injured from a fall in the past 6 months?  (Yes! Bruises count!)
  •  Do you take 4 or more medications?
  •  Are you being treated for 3 or more chronic illnesses (blood pressure, diabetes, cholesterol,etc.)?
  •  Since your last slip,trip,stumble or fall...have you begun limiting your activities in order to be safer?
  •  Do you sometimes miss doing things you did a year ago?

If you answered "YES" to any of the questions above, then you should have a talk with your doctor.

 The Center for Disease Control and Prevention(CDC) estimates that

about 1/3rd of ALL people aged 65 and over fall each year. 

   Falling is the number 1 cause of injury & death among adults aged 70 and older.

 

Most people have friends or family who have suffered a fall injury.  Slips, trips and stumbles can happen to anyone!  While injuries can be as simple as bruises or a wrist fracture, they may easily result in fractured hips, knees, or traumatic brain injuries. The results can get complicated very quickly if the patient cannot return home to receive the care they need. 

While age is not a determining factor for predicting falls, medications, physical activity levels, chronic illnesses, social activity & fear of falling can predict fall risk in older adults.

Understanding your falls risk can reduce your risk and help you to regain control of your life.

FALLS RISKS CAN SNEAK UP ON US

When we are young and healthy, our brain receives a constant flow of information from our muscles and joints, our sense of touch, our eyes, and our inner ear (not the hearing parts).

 

       "My brain wrote a check my body couldn't cash!

 

The biggest culprit to affect our performance is lack of practice.  We get busy with life...kids...home...work...etc... and the things that kept our body tuned just don't fit into the day anymore!  

 

As a consequence, when an occasion to shoot baskets, go skiing, go for a run, etc. come up...our mind is willing, but our body can't quite do what it used to.  This is when an injury is likely.

BALANCE MYTHS

 Poor hearing = Poor balance

            The hearing and balance parts of the inner ear are separate.
 
              
 Falling is a natural part of aging.
 
                 Falling is a sign of health issues. 
  
     
 All exercise is good for balance.
 
               While almost any exercise or activity is good for the                           body...exercise that uses lots of eye focus and eye movement             is best for balance improvement.
 

Here is a quiz compiled from the American Geriatric Society & CMS Medicare...Let's see how you do !