The Fall Prevention Lady
- Education: Although every fall is different, there are some commonly identified factors that increase the likelihood of losing your balance. The first step to staying on your feet is to learn what causes you to fall and then do something about it if possible.
- Exercise: Fall prevention research demonstrates that staying active is the #1 way to prevent a fall however it is vital that you follow a program that is not only progressively challenging but also customized to your ability level.
- Early Detection: Balance is an intricate messenger system between our muscles, senses, and central nervous system. Age- related changes to one or all of these components can directly affect your balance. Early detection of an impairment can save your life.
The most recent CDC report estimates that one-quarter of adults over age 65 and one-half of those over 80 will fall each year. That’s a lot of falls! The good news is that over half of these falls can be prevented through education, exercise and early detection.