Q: My elderly mother has fallen twice this month, can you help with her balance?

February 19, 2016

A: Yes, we can help with strengthening and balance. Did you know: The risk of falling continues to increase with age and is greater for women than men. Each year about 1/3 of people over 65 will report a fall and more than 50% will fall again within 6 months. Falls are the leading cause of death from injury among people 65+ and for people 65-69, one out of every 200 falls will result in a fractured hip. One-fourth of those fractures will result in complications resulting in death within 6 months of the injury, 50% will require nursing home care and 25% percent will not be able to return home. Seek help early! Key risk factors of falls among older adults are: Lack of Physical Activity, Osteoporosis, Environmental Hazards, Impaired Vision and Medications.