Preventing Falls Seminar

Falls are the leading cause of injury for seniors. As we age, the risk and frequency of falls increases often leading to hospitalizations and nursing home stays. 

“It doesn’t have to be a major fall to decrease mobility for seniors,” said Suzanne Rinne, executive director of Exceptional Senior Living. “Broken bones may not heal properly and can lead to repeat falls that may be more serious,” continued Rinne.

The Centers for Disease Control reported that 20 percent of falls result in broken bones or a head injury with more than 800,000 individuals hospitalized due to a fall-related injury and 2.8 million treated in an emergency room annually.

Falls often occur because seniors experience a decline in gait and balance, muscle strength, vision, and sensory perception. Medications can also affect balance and lead to a fall. A deficiency in Vitamin D is also attributed as a fall risk. 

At the home, hazards exist that contribute to a fall risk. Broken or uneven steps, throw rugs, clutter, poor lighting, lack of staircase handrails, telephone cords, slippery bathtub floor or shower, and loose carpeting can be a danger to seniors as they navigate their home every day. 

However, most falls are a combination of risk factors that can lead to unsafe conditions for today’s seniors.

Seniors and their families are invited to join Exceptional Senior Living on Thursday, April 13 at 11:30 a.m. for a free Fall Prevention Seminar. The event will take place at GlenOaks Country Club, 10601 Worthington Lane in Prospect. Seating is limited, so please RSVP before April 6 to Suzanne at (502) 415-8663.