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:
- Have your healthcare provider review your medicines — talk to your doctor today!
- Exercise to improve your balance and strength. Ask about physical therapy options to keep you on your feet.
- Have your eyes and feet checked. Vision problems can also cause you to fall.
- 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)
Thank you for these useful tips.
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