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Local Voices: Four ways to prevent falls in the 65+ population


Submitted by Dr. Mariya Vohra, PT, DPT (Physical therapist)

Falls cause more than 2 million emergency department visits and 31,000 deaths each year. That is more than 85 deaths each day because of a fall.

A recent publication by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) found that deaths due to a fall increased more than 30% between 2007 and 2016. More than 60% of states reported an increase in fall deaths. By 2030, 59,000 older Americans — or 162 per day — are projected to die from a fall.

Falls are already the number one cause of preventable injury-related death for those 65 and older.

Here are four things you can do to prevent falls:

  1. Have your healthcare provider review your medicines — talk to your doctor today!
  2. Exercise to improve your balance and strength. Ask about physical therapy options to keep you on your feet.
  3. Have your eyes and feet checked. Vision problems can also cause you to fall.
  4. Make your home safer: Get rid of clutter and keep cords out of the way. Also, good lighting will go a long way!

Dr. Mariya Vohra, PT, DPT (Physical therapist)

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