Good Sam Raises Awareness for Falls Prevention Day
Falling is a major health concern for the growing aging population. Today is National Falls Prevention Awareness Day which occurs on the first day of fall.
- Every 20 minutes an older adult dies from a fall (ncoa.org)
- Every 30 seconds an older adult is treated in an emergency room for a fall-related injury (ncoa.org)
Here are 4 common myths about falls:
Myth 1: Falling is something normal that happens as you get older.
Reality: Falls are not a normal part of aging and there are ways that you can significantly reduce falls:
- Participate in activities that will promote strength, flexibility and balance.
- Consult a physical therapist or other health care professional about a falls risk assessment.
- Review your medications with your physician
- Get annual vision and hearing checks
- Have a safe home environment
Myth 2: Falling happens to other people, not me.
Reality: The truth is that one in three older adults – about 12 million – falls every year in the U.S. (ncoa.org)
Myth 3: Muscle strength and flexibility can’t be regained
Reality: While we do lose muscle as we age, it is never too late to start an exercise program for strength, balance and flexibility.
Myth 4: Using a walker or cane will make me more dependent
Reality: Using assistive devices are very important in helping many older adults maintain or improve their mobility, but they need to be used appropriately. Have a physical therapist fit the walker or cane to you and instruct you in its safe use.
Fall prevention classes are held monthly on the second Friday of each month from 2 to 3pm at Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center's Rehabilitation Department. The rehab center, located at 560 Union Boulevard in West Islip also offers balance screenings administered by physical therapists.
For further information or to schedule an appointment, please call (631) 376-4109.