According to the Centers for Disease Control, falls are the leading cause of injury deaths among adults 65 and over. Approximately 1.85 million older adults were treated in hospital emergency departments for fall-related injuries.
Tai Chi has been researched and approved by the Centers for Disease Control as an effective intervention for fall prevention. Participants during a 6 month study who took part in a Tai Chi class had fewer falls, and fewer fall injuries. Their risk of multiple falls was decreased by 55%!
Summary: DO TAI CHI!
Since I'm an Occupational Therapist, I want to prevent falls. I have provided below some helpful links for you to take positive steps toward decreasing your fall risk.
This is a wonderful checklist that you can complete by looking for fall hazards in your home and removing them.
This is a simple to read but informative fall fact sheet by the Centers for Disease control. Arm yourself with knowledge!
They have monthly meetings, events and are a WONDERFUL resource for getting help on many subjects: food, transportation, counseling, estate planning, financial assistance and grants.
If you'd like your home to be evaluated by a professional for home safety and prevention of falls, please contact Susan Thompson, OTR, Occupational Therapist Registered.
An ounce of prevention goes a LONG way!