Did You Know?

  • Accidents can happen at any age, but serious accidents and injury occur more commonly with an older adult.
  • The risk of falling increases with age and is greater for women than for men.
  • 62% of elderly in Lake County who go to the ER for medical care due to a fall are admitted to the hospital.
  • Although 60-70% of accidents due to a fall occur in the home, 55% of the people admitted to a hospital are discharged to a nursing home rather than back to their home
  • Falls and injuries from falls are preventable. If you do fall, discuss the fact that you fell with your doctor or nurse because they can help you find out the cause of the fall. Most health providers will do anything they can to ensure that you can live safely in your home.
  • NOTE: Two-thirds of those who experience a fall will fall again within 6 months

University of Kentucky Healthcare. How to avoid falls as you age. Interviews with a senior, her daughter, ER staff. Home safety tips. 1:44 min.: //www.youtube.com/watch?v=WbR5ZlL_rzE&feature=related 

Fear of Falling: A Matter of Balance 0:59 sec.: //www.youtube.com/watch?v=F7p-ssjz7UA&feature=related

Physical Therapist at Waldo General Hospital. Exercises that can be done in 10 min to strengthen muscles. 2:41 min.: //www.youtube.com/watch?v=qgnU940_FiQ&feature=related

Smart moves chair aerobics using legs and arms . 7:20 min.: //www.youtube.com/watch?v=c3NDzgqjfyU&feature=related

How to get up from a fall (Visiting Nurse Association instructor) 1:55 min.:

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