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Tom McCarthy, PT, DPT, Balance Prevent Falls, Tami Williams, PTAMissouri ranks 31 of the 50 states in number of falls in adults 65 and older. Anyone can fall, but the statistics for this age group are dramatic.   1 in 5 of those 65 and over will experience a fall this year and this rate is predicted to increase to 1 in 3 by 2020.

The good news is many falls are preventable!

In therapy, we  focus on the problems of reduced community mobility which can impact one’s quality of life.  Most folks can learn to walk and function in their home after a fall, fracture, or surgery.   But what about errands, shopping and social events?  Are you dependent on friends or family to drive you to appointments?  Often being housebound can be overcome by increasing and maintaining strength and flexibility as we age.  Can you “Step Up” the stoop on your porch? How many times?  Can you carry a heavy box or help a family member onto that porch?  Can you “Step Up” into your friend’s pickup truck or lower your hips into a sports car?  Can you “Step Up” a high curb holding a grandchild’s hand at the children’s zoo or walk to the far diamond for a ball game?  Strength, flexibility and endurance are needed to prevent falls and control your life’s activity level.

Ryan Dougherty, PT, DPT, Scott Knoche, PT, Fall Prevention, Balance

On Thursday, September 22, 2016 we hosted a free event where therapists screened participants for strength and flexibility and functional balance in coordination with Show Me Falls Free Missouri programming.  If you missed that day, be sure to ask your medical provider for a therapy referral if you are concerned with balance. We hope you will join us and learn more about avoiding falls and how to maintain more of your independence.

 

Links to More Information:

National Council On Aging Video: 6 Steps to Prevent a Fall

Popular Mechanics Ladder Safety Article

 

Abby Seider, PT, DPT, Chandra Moore, PTA, Ladder Safety