Clinics in Michigan help seniors avoid falls

Alan Wu

May 13, 2011

A fall at home can often prove to be a dangerous health event for older adults, resulting in fractured or broken hips or head injuries. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that one in three Americans 65 and over fall each year. 

That means that programs like those found at Essentia Health-St. Mary's of Detroit Lakes are especially important these days. The clinic, Safe Seniors Fall Prevention Program, helps screen patients for risk by assessing a number of different factors, according to Detroit Lakes Online.

"We screen for all the 'triggers' that have a potential to cause a fall, and identify anything that could put them at risk," therapist coordinator Erin Lindberg told the news provider. "Some seniors really do have a fear of falling that may limit or cause them to avoid physical activity altogether."

If older adults are at a high risk for falling, they may want to consider installing a medical alert system at home, because this device can be used to instantly send a personal emergency response message if assistance is required.

The experts at the Detroit Lakes program told the news provider that home safety assessments and occupational therapy can be important ways to prevent falls altogether.