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Fall Prevention

According to the Center for Disease control, one out of every 3 people age 65 and older falls each year. Of those who fall, 20-30% suffer moderate to severe injuries that reduce mobility and independence, and increase the risk of premature death. Falling is the second leading cause of injury-related death in senior citizens, second only to motor vehicle accidents. For these reasons and more, it is important that seniors and those who care for them employ fall prevention tactics. There are three areas of intervention that have shown to be effective:

Exercise-Based Interventions

It is necessary to address physical fall risk factors including balance and coordination, strength, reaction time, range of motion, and aerobic capacity. These areas can all be improved upon by using specific kinds of exercises Activities should be challenging but not so difficult as to discourage participation or cause any adverse events.

Home Modification Interventions

Multifaceted Interventions

Preventing falls is the best way to maintain mobility and self-sufficiency. For more information about the interventions listed above consult the CDC’s compendium, Preventing Falls: What Works A CDC Compendium of Effective Community-based Interventions from Around the World.

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