Each year, thousands of older Americans fall at home. Many of them are seriously injured, and some are disabled. In 2002, more than 12,800 people over age 65 died and 1.6 million were treated in emergency departments because of falls.

 

Falls are often due to hazards that are easy to overlook but easy to fix. This checklist will help you find and fix those hazards in your home.

Frequency of falls: Approximately 28-35% of people aged of 65 and over fall each year (2-4) increasing to 32-42% for those over 70 years of age. Ref # 2

Falls around the house Prevention and Exercises to improve balance

Publications ( Health care - Self Help Resources )

  1. Fall prevention may not seem like a lively topic, but it's important. As you get older, physical changes and health conditions - and sometimes the medications used to treat those conditions - make falls more likely. In fact, falls are a leading cause of injury among older adults. Still, fear of falling doesn't need to rule your life. Instead, consider six simple fall-prevention strategies.                                                     To read more please click here:                                                                                           http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-living/healthy-aging/in-depth/fall-prevention/art-20047358?pg=1                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

  2. The checklist asks about hazards found in each room of your home. For each hazard, the checklist tells you how to fix the problem. At the end of the checklist, you’ll find other tips for preventing falls.            To read more please clink here:                                                                                            http://www.cdc.gov/HomeandRecreationalSafety/Falls CheckListForSafety.html                                                                                                                                                                      

  3. How to Improve Balance and Prevent Falls With balance Exercises.                 

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    Part 1 – Why balance gets worse as you get older
    Part 2 – The wrong way to deal with poor balance
    Part 3 – How to safely do simple balance exercises (video)
    Part 4 – The most important muscles for preventing falls (video)
    Part 5 – How to reduce falls where they happen the most

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  4. This is a Slide Show demonstrating home exercise program to improve balance. It is important that you review this information with your care provider to make sure that these exercises are appropriate for you, Mayo Clinic balance exercises:                                                                            http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/fitness/multimedia/balance-exercises/sls-20076853?s=6

Relevant references:  Some of the information may be repetitious but please select the information that suits your need best.

  1. Move with confidence Volume 33 Number 4 April 2015: http://www.Healthletter.MayoClinic.Com

  2. WHO Global Report on falls prevention in the elderly:                                                                                         http://www.who.int/violence_injury_prevention/publications/other_injury/falls_prevention.pdf

  3. Clinical Practice Guide lines: http://www.americangeriatrics.org/health_care_professionals/clinical_practice/clinical_ guidelines_recommendations/prevention_of_falls_summary_of_recommendations

  4. 7 Exercises to Improve Balance | ACTIVE www.active.com › Fitness

  5. Balance Exercises - NIH Senior Health: nihseniorhealth.gov/exerciseandphysicalactivityexercisestotry/balanceexe

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