Did you know falls are a big problem for seniors? According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, falls are the leading cause of fatal injury and the most common cause of nonfatal trauma-related hospital admissions among older adults. One in four Americans aged 65+ falls each year. That’s pretty scary! But the good news is many falls are preventable.
This month, Senior Services of Southeastern Virginia is again joining the National Council on Aging and community partners in promoting fall prevention awareness. This year’s theme is “10 Years Standing Together to Prevent Falls,” and there are several activities planned. The annual Falls Prevention Awareness Day raises awareness about how to prevent fall-related injuries among older adults. National, state, and local partners collaborate to educate others about the impact of falls, share fall prevention strategies, and advocate for the expansion of evidence-based community fall prevention programs.
But fall prevention goes beyond a month of activities. Participating in your local area agency on aging evidence-based falls prevention program can lower your risk of a fall. Senior Services holds Matter of Balance classes, a group workshop that can help reduce your fear of falling by teaching the importance of activities to keep you independent. The eight-session class is for people who are concerned about falling, and many of the exercises are practiced while sitting down. SSSEVA’s Enhance Fitness evidence-based falls prevention and physical activity program also provides an array of exercises packaged into a formal regimen focusing on four key areas of your health and fitness: low impact cardiovascular, dynamic/static balance work, strength training, and stretching. The hourlong classes meet three times a week, providing social stimulation as well as physical benefits.
Taking action in fall prevention can save you hundreds of dollars in medical costs. And remember, falls prevention is a team effort!
You have the power to prevent a fall; take action and sign-up for the next fall prevention class at Senior Services of Southeastern Virginia.