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Fall prevention is crucial as weather changes

The fall season brings beautiful colors, but wet leaves under foot may bring a dangerous fall for older adults. According to the National Council on Aging, every 15 seconds an older adult is seen in a hospital emergency department for a fall-related injury. Nationally, falls are the leading cause of both fatal and nonfatal injuries for those aged 65 and over. Moreover, the chances of falling and being seriously injured in a fall increase with age. 

Studies show that a combination of interventions can significantly reduce falls in the older adult population. Experts recommend a physical activity regimen with balance, strength training, and flexibility components; consulting with a health professional about getting a fall risk assessment; having medications reviewed periodically; getting eyes checked annually; and making sure the home environment is safe and supportive.

Each month Staunton Senior Center offers balance exercises to help active adults stay on their feet. In November these take place at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Nov. 30. Other days include chair exercise to keep muscles strong and blood flowing. Check the activity calendar for dates and times.

Finally, new members complete a “My Falls-Free Plan” when filling out paperwork to become a member of the Center. This plan was developed with professional physical therapists from Augusta Health with important questions that help individuals understand the areas of health to pay attention to in order to prevent falls. This information includes suggested steps to take, the most important of which is talking with one’s doctor.

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Augusta Health Augusta Free Press Kris McMackin CPA
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