Are you an adult who has experienced a fall or do you know someone who has? Do you worry about falling? If so, you are not alone. Falls are very common and they can happen to anyone, any time and in any place. Worst of all, they can result in serious injury.
Falls Prevention Program
According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), one out of every three people age 65 or older falls each year. Of those who fall, 20 to 30 percent suffer an injury.
Falls can take a serious toll on a person’s quality of life and their independence. But here's some good news: Falls are not an inevitable part of aging. Steps can be taken to reduce a person’s risk of falling. HealthEast is pleased to offer a new Falls Prevention Program to the communities we serve.
HealthEast Falls Prevention ProgramHealthEast is offering "A Matter of Balance" at various community locations throughout the year.
To register for falls prevention classes by phone, contact HealthEast Care Connection at 651-326-CARE (2273).
A Matter of Balance: Managing Concerns About Falls
Fear of falling can be just as dangerous as falling itself. People who develop this fear often limit their activities, which can result in severe physical weakness making the risk of falling even greater. A Matter of Balance is designed to reduce the fear of falling and increase activity levels among older adults. This program can help people improve their quality of life and remain independent. Participants learn to set realistic goals to increase activity, change their environment to reduce fall risk factors, and master simple exercises to increase strength and balance.
How do I know if I am at risk for a fall?
How can I reduce my chance of falling?
- Exercise regularly. It is important that the exercises focus on increasing leg strength and improving balance and become more challenging over time. Tai Chi programs are especially effective.
- Ask your doctor or pharmacist to review your medicines as some may have side effects such as dizziness or drowsiness.
- Have your eyes checked by an eye doctor at least once a year and update your eyeglasses. Consider getting a pair with single vision distance lenses for some activities such as walking outside.
- Make your home safer by reducing tripping hazards, adding grab bars inside and outside the tub or shower and next to the toilet, adding railings on both sides of stairways and improving the lighting.