Fall risk is serious business. Recent statistics indicate that an estimated one out of every three adults above the age of 65 will experience a fall each year. This rate will increase drastically with advancing age.
Falls are responsible for serious injuries and even death. While working as a Physical Therapist, I often witnessed the devastating effects of falls on seniors. The elderly are not only affected by the immediate physical effects of a fall, but also by the psychological sequelae which follow, severely reducing their independence, and often leading to placement in skilled nursing facility or assisted living.
Fear of falling often causes seniors to reduce their levels of activity. This leads to further reduction in strength, balance and overall health as well as increased anxiety and depression. This all leads to increased risk for falls, completing a vicious cycle.