It is no secret that falling is a common danger for people over 65. But just how common and how dangerous? Let’s take a look at some statistics from the CDC.
- 1 in 4 elderly persons report falling each year.
- In 2016, 29,668 residents over 65 died as a result of a fall related incident.
- The rate of deaths from falls of persons over 65 has increased by an average of 3% a year since 2007
- 31% of older adult falls lead to death
Statistics do not lie. If you are an older adult it is important that you make sure your balance is up to par. Here at the ENT Institute we also have a physical therapy office called, Fyzical! The wonderful physical therapists here do an outstanding job coaching and improving balance. They don’t only work with older people, they also love to help athletes improve their balance if you are an athlete. They can help you improve your balance and by improving your balance, your safety increases.
The great workers at Fyzical can also teach you what to do if you do fall. They can teach you how to safely pick yourself up, when to call 911, and major keys follow if a person is to fall.
The most important thing to take away from this coaching is the peace of mind a person can take away from working with our physical therapists. A older person doesn’t have to worry as much after Fyzical balance coaching. Instead, they know that they have superb balance and know what to do if they fall.