The tenth annual Fall Prevention Day is on Sept. 22, 2017, sponsored by the National Council on Aging. Falls can happen anytime and anywhere to people of any age, however, they are of particular concern as we get older. Our Dr. Laura Glenn shares some informative stats and helpful strategies to prevent falls:
- 1 out of 4 adults over 65 will fall each year. Injuries due to falls can lead to loss of mobility and independence that can be permanent, long after the injury has healed. More than 27,000 deaths per year are directly attributable to having fallen.
- Maintaining good balance is crucial to preventing falls. Older adults should continue to exercise regularly, and best practices are to engage in exercise that work on balance skills (tai chi, yoga, etc.)