One in three seniors will fall each year. One in five falls causes a serious injury such as broken bones or a head injury. In fact, 95% of hip fractures are caused by falling.
It is time to get serious about the significant impact of falls and educate seniors about the steps they can take to avoid a fall. Prevention is critical because falling once doubles a a person’s chances of falling again. That is the goal of this education tool – to inform seniors about the factors that put them at risk and encourage them to take important steps to precent falls and related injuries.
Dr. Jane Mahoney, Professor of Geriatrics at the UW – Madison, recommends a regular exercise program to improve balance. With this tool we have outlined three simple balance exercises on the back of the card to get a senior started on a simple program they can do at home with a chair. Of course, everyone should consult their doctor before starting any exercise program.
If you would like more information, please give our office a call at 844-543-3546.