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3 Tips To Avoid Being A Fall Statistic

Here are some sobering statistics about falls/injury/age…

Every 11 seconds, an older adult is treated in the emergency room for a fall; every 19 minutes, an older adult dies from a fall. (National Council On Aging)

Falls were the leading cause of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). Falls accounted for almost half (48%) of all TBI-related emergency department visits.

Four in five (81%) TBI-related ED visits in older adults aged 65 years and older were caused by falls –CDC

Are you (or someone you know) having problems with balance. Can you imagine what might happen if NOTHING is done to improve your circumstance? We see people all the time who wait and wait to do something about their balance problems. The thing they wait for is a MAJOR event- a fall and injury or a fall that they had extreme difficulty recovering from. And the truth is, we can help them improve their balance after one of these major events. However, the great news is that we can help people improve their circumstance BEFORE they have a MAJOR event! Acting to improve your balance now is the best thing you can do to try to avoid becoming a statistic. Following are 3 areas we work with folks to improve their safety and confidence and to help sustain their independence as long as possible.

1. Maximize: Working with an expert to reveal deficits in strength and impairments in balance reactions will help you know exactly where you need work to improve your balance. At Dedicated Therapy, we talk with you in an in depth way to determine the specific tests we need to perform to discover where you need to work to maximize your strength and balance reactions.

2. Compensate: Sometimes it is necessary to make changes to your home environment or your habits to maximize your safety and independence. By asking the right questions and finding out what matters to you in your life, we can help highlight ways to make SIMPLE changes to help ensure you can live as safely and independently as possible for as long as you can.

4. ACT: Now is the time! Again, we often see folks after a fall and injury or who have gone down a road where they have lost a good deal of independence. What is upsetting is that they may have been able to delay this decline or avoid it all together if they had ACTED when they began to notice problems. These people may have felt that things would improve on their own. Or, they tried things to help, but those things weren’t really effective and they gave up trying. We are here to help guide you through the process in the most effective way.

If you, or someone you know has started to have some problems with their balance or mobility- Maybe they are holding your arm when you are out and about, or it takes a few tries to get up from a seat- do something soon to address the problem. If you are not sure where to start, Call Today 864-203-3883 to sign up for our FREE “Better Balance And Less Falls Workshop”

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