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Volume XXX
Spring 2017

Our Generation

Health

The Continuum Reno

Fear of Falling

Fear of Falling

Have you ever fallen? I would guess that anyone reading this article would say yes. I have - a couple of times as an adult, and besides feeling foolish, they could have been prevented (I will share my stories in later articles).

Sometimes a fall can be caused by circumstances we cannot control. But most often, falls occur when we are just doing daily routines. So what is the big deal? Here are some reasons why it is a critical problem especially as we get older:

  • One in three adults age 65 and older fall each year.
  • Of those who fall 20 to 30 percent suffer moderate to severe injuries that make it hard to get around or live independently and increase risk of early death.
  • Older adults are hospitalized for fallrelated injuries five times more often than they are for injuries from other causes.
  • In 2009, emergency departments treated 2.4 million nonfatal fall injuries among older adults; more than 662,000 of these patients had to be hospitalized.
  • People over 75 are 45 times more likely to be admitted to a longterm care facility for a year or longer after a fall.

If you have answered yes to any of these questions you most likely have a fear of falling. While this fear can be helpful if it causes you to take reasonable precautions, it can be harmful when it causes you to avoid exercise and curtails daily activities that keep you active, strong and healthy.

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This series of articles will deal with identifying why we fall and what to do to help prevent a tumble. We will identify personal risk factors, general hazards, and providing tips and tools leading to a more confident and healthy life style.

The Continuum’s Lifestyle and Fitness team is providing free fall screenings and suggestions on how to decrease or prevent this potential life threating activity. For more information or to set up an appointment call Kerri or Michele at 777-829-4700.