One of the leading causes of injury in older adults, falls often result from poor balance, decreased strength, and vision problems that can all arise from simple aging. In addition to diminished mobility and increased dependence, a fall can also lead to further health complications. Your primary care doctor can help you assess and decrease your risk for falling. In the video below, learn more about improving your balance and strength to prevent falls and to stay active.
Nearly a third of all older adults fall every year, and a death resulting from a fall occurs every hour. To protect yourself from a fall, talk to your primary physician about balancing assessments and strengthening exercises that can help you determine and then decrease your risk. To help you better recognize your risk factor, ask yourself questions like “Have I fallen in the last year?” and “Do I have difficulty walking or balancing?” If so, your primary doctor may recommend working with a physical therapist to improve coordination and leg strength.
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