According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
- One-third of Americans aged 65+ falls each year.
- Falls are the leading cause of fatal injury and the most common cause of nonfatal trauma-related hospital admissions among older adults.
- Falls result in more than 2.5 million injuries treated in emergency departments annually, including over 734,000 hospitalizations and more than 21,700 deaths.
- In 2013, the total cost of fall injuries was $34 billion.
According to the National Council on Aging:
Falls, with or without injury, also carry a heavy quality of life impact. A growing number of older adults fear falling and, as a result, limit their activities and social engagements. This can result in further physical decline, depression, social isolation, and feelings of helplessness.
Our Balance Training/Fall Prevention program is designed to identify if a patient is at risk of falling. It then identifies and modifies those factors reducing the risk of falling and injury. This helps to increase mobility and confidence so that the patient can maintain an independent lifestyle.
If you or someone you know is at risk of losing their balance or falling, please call us today. Don’t wait until the fall happens, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.