Falls can diminish your ability to lead an active and independent life. About one third of people over the age of 65 and almost half of people over the age of 80 will fall at least once this year.
Physical therapists can help reduce your risk by:
• Assessing your risk of falling
• Helping you make your home safe
• Designing individualized balance exercises
As we age, our balance skills often deteriorate. For this reason, it is important to do exercises to improve and maintain balance throughout our lives.
You can start out with simple balance activities and increase the difficulty as your balance improves.
Our therapist will do the following:
• Review your medical history
• Review your medications
• A simple vision test
• A home safety assessment
• A simple screen of your thinking abilities
• Check your heart rate
• Blood pressure measurements
• Feet and footwear assessment
The leading cause of fatal and non-fatal injuries for the elderly is falling. Common types of injuries sustained after falls include hip, spine, wrist fractures, and head trauma.