Program works to help older adults avoid falls

Jasmine Phu

December 17, 2010

It all started with a lounge chair. Eighty-six-year-old Stewart Grant, a World War II veteran, was trying to move the seat away from the wall, but it slipped and he fell, according to The Daily Herald.

Luckily, his daughter-in-law arrived and called for help. Grant sustained no major injuries, but went through a fall prevention program that worked to enhance his balance. Some hospitals in Illinois are now putting an increased emphasis on fall prevention programs.

Strength training and increased awareness are keys to reducing these accidents, which can have dangerous consequences. Grant now walks three times a week and goes to an exercise class.

"These falls have a dramatic and life-altering impact," Jack Mills, a quality improvement specialist for Lake County Public Health Department, told the news source. "It's not a simple matter of getting back to previous routines… without intervention and early prevention these numbers will continue to rise."

One should always be prepared for a fall and make sure that their residence is safe. Installing devices such as a personal emergency response system guarantees that older adults can send a medical alert to doctors in the case of an emergency.

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