Advice on Preventing Falls
The Center for Disease Control recently reported that the number of American seniors who die from fall-related injuries has nearly doubled since 2000 and , that while roughly 30 seniors in every 100,000 died following a fall in 2000, that figure jumped to nearly 57 per 100,000 by 2013. The following is some expert advice from members of the Erie County Falls Coalition.
Suzanne Desfosses-Gilliam, President, Touching Hearts at Home, says:
“Falling is the number one reason that older individuals enter the emergency room but it is also the most preventable. The Falls Prevention Coalition exists to review and appraise all of the available falls prevention information, services and exercise programs. Seniors here in Erie County are fortunate because all over the age of 60 are eligible to participate in the CLUB 99 body strengthening exercise sessions being held at senior centers throughout Erie County. Developing stronger legs will significantly reduce your chances of falling.”
See what other experts have to say about preventing senior falls.