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Learn How to Avoid Falls in Your Home and in Winter Weather

Posted: Monday, November 13th, 2017 at 6:24 am
Author: KCII News - Sam McIntosh

Every 19 minutes an older adult dies from a fall-related injury according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

These falls can be caused by environmental factors such as poor lighting and clutter, as well as health problems including lower body weakness and a Vitamin D deficiency. Physical therapist Chad Morris will be educating on the dangers of falls and how they can be avoided during his Lunch & Learn program at Washington County Hospitals and Clinics.

Morris gives statistics on the number of falls in the U.S., “More than a third of adults over 65 will fall each year, which is quite alarming. Back in 2014 and I’m sure the numbers have increased since then, but actually more than 2.8 million seniors were treated in any emergency department for fall-related injuries with over 800 of those being hospitalized.”

As winter approaches Morris gives some tips for seniors to avoid falls, “A piece of advice that I would really offer is to be patient and for people to really stay home until roads [and sidewalks] can be cleared. And if you do have to go out in the snow or the ice the biggest thing I can say is to take your time. Do not try to hurry over the snow or ice, it’s just kind of a recipe for disaster.”

Senior Health & Fitness: Fall Prevention will be at noon Thursday in the Robert Nicola Conference Room at Washington County Hospitals and Clinics. To RSVP call 319-863-3921 or email acuddeback@wchc.org.