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Podcast 19 – Fall Prevention Awareness Tips

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senior fitness with meredith

Thanks for joining us on this week’s podcast! For this episode, we will be discussing important information on falling prevention in seniors.

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: One in four Americans aged 65+ falls each year. Every 11 seconds, an older adult is treated in the emergency room for a fall; every 19 minutes, an older adult dies from a fall. 

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 2.8 million injuries treated in emergency departments annually, including over 800,000 hospitalizations and more than 27,000 deaths.

Source:  https://www.ncoa.org/news/resources-for-reporters/get-the-facts/falls-prevention-facts/

Fall prevention awareness is crucial to sustaining a healthy and active lifestyle as a senior. Moreover, if you work in health care, having knowledge about fall prevention can help you and others in times of need.

In This Podcast You Will Learn:

1). The overall definition of what fall prevention is and why it is a cause for concern in seniors.

2). The different kinds of injuries that can occur during a fall and how it can go un-reported thus causing after-effects that can be serious later on.

3). Why being aware of your surroundings and slowing down will greatly reduce the chances of a fall. Also, being mindful of your own movements will help with avoiding serious falls.

4). How keeping your body strong by exercising and focusing on areas like your core, back and legs will allow you to build good balance and strength for support.

5). Different types of exercises that will help build your muscles and core strength that you can do at home, anytime.

6). How using assistive devices like walkers or cranes can help with your balance and strength and tips on how to use them correctly.

7). How the fear of falling can affect confidence and ways to go about building up your confidence so that fear doesn’t affect your choices in life.
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Thank you again for joining us today on the podcast. Going into detail about fall prevention was one of our goals this year as it affects so many seniors in our communities.

Keeping yourself aware of the problems it causes not just for seniors but for their loved ones is an important step in preventing these events.

Til the next episode!

Team Meredtih