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Robyn's facts on falls prevention

Fall Prevention in Older Adults

I recently took an online webinar about falls prevention and learned some really key points when it comes to falling in older adults.

Whether you’re walking on the beach on unstable rocks, leaning over to get something that is out of reach, maneuvering around a cluttered room or trying to keep up with the grandkids, there is a risk of falling. 1 in 3 older adults in Canada fall every year which can lead to injury. 95% of hip fractures are due to falling and 78% of these falls are predictable. So how can we help reduce this risk of injury?? Well, if a majority of these falls are predictable, then they are also preventable!

The top 3 physical risk factors for falling are one’s strength, balance and gait (how you walk). These factors even come before age! Lucky for us, the top factors are things that we can change.www.osteoporosis.ca

Of course, there are many other risk factors for falling including behaviours, your environment and socio-economic status. Just being aware of these factors can start to help us reduce the risks.

Injuries can have a major effect on us not only physically, but psychologically and emotionally. They can also affect our community with time off of work and increased medical care costs. Reducing falls and fall risks is a positive thing for everyone.

When thinking about balance and gait, a key part is posture. Learning proper posture and correct muscle activation is important to avoid compensation patterns and reduce the risk of injuries. Also, strength training doesn’t have to be intimidating. With the right coaching and environment, it can be fun and beneficial to your daily life.

If you are looking for some ways to help improve your posture and strength, or just review an activity program that you are already completing, come in and see a Kinesiologist for a consultation!

 

 

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