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Friday, October 21, 2011

Stand UP For Fall Prevention


Did you know that Fall is the time of year assigned to Fall Prevention awareness?  I didn’t.  But what a great tie-in to a serious issue for seniors.  Take it from someone (me) who has taken an unexpected tumble or two – it is humbling and it hurts to lose your balance or trip over something silly and come crashing down all all fours.  <<<Ouch>>>  Studies show that more than 30 percent of falls result in hip or head injuries.  Let’s face it, neither of these is a good thing!

Here are some of the facts:

·       In 2008, 82% of fall deaths were among people age 65 years or older

·       In 2008, more than 19,700 older adults died from unintentional fall injuries

·       Fall-related fractures occur more than twice the rate for older women than for older men

·       More than 90% of hip fractures are caused by falls.  And, white women have significantly higher hip fracture rates than black women

·       Direct medical costs of falls equaled @28.2 billion last year alone

(Source: Sierra Vista Herald, October 18, 2011 issue.)

This issue of falling has become a problem throughout our nation – and is for the most part, avoidable.  For instance, getting rid of those pesky throw rugs is a big help!  Moving obstructing furniture is another.  Eliminate of any sort of tripping hazard now while you are thinking about it.  Install grab bars in your bathrooms.  Make sure your lighting is as good as it gets!  Brighter is better as we age.

However, don’t let a fear of falling stop you from doing things you love to do.  Instead, exercise regularly to regain and maintain your balance and steadiness on your feet.  Go slowly with the workouts, and it is always a good idea to check with your doctor before starting a new regimen.  Aim for balance and strength activities such as Tai Chi, for example.  Also important is scheduling regular eye checkups. You may even want to consider an extra pair of glasses with single vision distance lenses for when you take Spot for a walk around the neighborhood.

So…STAND UP for fall prevention!  The next fall may be your own.  Oh, Goodness!   I don’t even want to think about that!

8 comments:

  1. This is all very good information. My mom is having a hip replacement in a couple of weeks and I hope she can stay on here feet until then.

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  2. Hi Grace,
    Helpfull post ! You're right about the head injuries after a fall...I'm anemic and kind of fall inconscious pretty often if I exausted myself. And I have stitches on my skull to prove it...

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  3. Great info Grace..love it, ty for sharing. I wanted to know if you would like to join in on my project..? Project PINK.. Painting the blog world PINK for a day.. Breast Cancer Awareness on Oct 3oth..!! Over 4o blogs so far are in.. Please check it out - it'll mean SO MUCH to me.. Wishing you a lovely weekend..http://theartsygirlconnection.blogspot.com/2011/10/paint-your-blog-pink-awareness-faith.html

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  4. Nancy, I trust your Mom will stay upright and safe and that her hip replacement will bring her much relief!

    Lucie, I am sorry to hear about your anemia and faiting spells. I have a friend who is going through something similar and it is scary! Stay safe!

    Marilyn, thanks for stopping by. I'll do what I can about pinking up my blog, but I have no clue how to turn in pink. Thanks for the info. Great idea!

    Hugs to all,
    GraceinAZ

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  5. Thanks "Grace" for the follow on my blog: www.iconveyawareness and on Twitter as @ConveyAwareness! I'm looking forward to reading your tweets! Be sure to share your latest blogposts on Twitter with a link. Be well! =)

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  6. No, I did not know that Autumn is fall prevention time. I will have to get on my Grandfather because he has fallen quite a few times.

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  7. LC, yes, please have a chat with him and while you are there, you might want to check for danger signs. Hugs, GraceinAZ

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  8. These are some sobering facts to be sure. I love the idea about the single vision glasses. I use mine a lot for watching TV in bed. :)

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