Fall Prevention

"Did you know that 1 in 3 Americans aged 65+ falls every year? Falls are the leading cause of fatal and non-fatal injuries for older Americans" according to the National Council on Aging.

In addition to injuries, a fall can often lead to loss of independence and the decision (usually not our decision) to enter a nursing home.

It is impossible to prevent all falls as some are beyond our control. There are others that are within our control and there are many things we can and should do to decrease our risk. These include:

Getting Regular Exercise                                                                                                              

Given there are 24 hours in each day, we should be doing some form of exercise each day.                          Walking is a great exercise, but we should also do exercise that specifically targets balance and fall prevention.

Eating a Proper Diet                                                                                                       

Eating a healthy diet that provides essential nutrients to our bodies and eliminating things like sugar, salt, fat and processed foods, should be our focus.  Not only does exercise and a healthy diet and weight reduce our risk of falling, but it also reduces our risk of all major diseases including: cancer, heart disease and stroke.

Achieving and Maintaining a Health Body Weigh

Excess weight is detrimental to the joints and internal organs of our bodies and also contribute to a decrease in our  ability to balance.

Increasing our Fall Prevention Awareness

Taking extra precautions to avoid tripping over things.

Holding on to railings; using canes and walkers when appropriate

Paying more attention to how we walk