Are You at Risk?
- Have you fallen in the past year?
- Do you feel unsteady or have balance problems?
- Do you worry about falling?
If you answered yes, Concord Hospital Rehabilitation Services physical therapists can help assess your risk. Take the next step and call to request an appointment.
Falls Risk Prevention
Every year, thousands of older adults fall and hurt themselves. Falls are one of the main causes of injury and loss of independence in people ages 65 and older.
There are many reasons older people fall. They may lose their footing when stepping off a street curb. Or they may fall after getting dizzy from taking medicines. Some falls may be related to the effects of aging, such as muscle weakness or delayed reflexes. Or falls may be related to the results Parkinson's Disease, stroke or other medical conditions.
Experts agree that some falls in older adults can be prevented. But since each person's risks are a bit different, talk to your doctor.
What You Can Expect from Evaluation & Treatment
Qualified therapists conduct evaluations to determine what may be contributing to your increased risk and what steps are needed to help reduce them.
- Physical therapists provide you with exercises to improve strength and flexibility.
- Teach you balance exercises to improve stability.
- Teach you how to walk on various surfaces and help you practice activities you do at home and in the community.
- Evaluate and treat factors related to vertigo/dizziness.
- Refer you to an occupational therapist specializing in falls prevention if cognitive deficits are identified.
Factors Contributing to Increased Falls Risk
- Balance problems
- Loss of flexibility or strength in the legs and trunk
- Chronic disease or illness such as Parkinson’s disease, Multiple Sclerosis or cardiopulmonary disease
- Loss of sensation in feet
- Vision impairments
- Taking three or more medications
- Cognitive problems
Reducing Your Risk of Falls
Falls are one of the reasons older adults lose their independence, however, falling is not an inevitable result of aging. Even if you replied 'no' to the above questions there are things you can do to continue to reduce your risk.
- Attend a free falls risk screening.
- Participate in a regular exercise program to improve balance and strength.
- Make your home safer by removing clutter, adding railings on stairs and using good lighting.
- Review your medications with your healthcare provider or pharmacist.
- Have your vision checked.