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Avoid Falling this Thanksgiving

The holiday season is approaching, and along with that comes cold weather. While some find the change of seasons nice, it’s easy to forget some of the dangers winter weather includes.

Falling is one of the most common forms of injury there is, especially for people 65 and older. It’s important to stay cautious when going from place to place, whether you’re inside or outside. Yet as simple as that sounds, it’s not always easy to avoid a fall.

What is Fall Prevention?

So you may be wondering, what exactly is fall prevention? It’s a program that was created to help people over the age of 65 who either have a history of falling or just want to take the right steps to prevent future falls. Programs like these are extremely important because of the future injuries a fall could cause, like a brain injury or a fracture in the hip, spine, leg, ankle, hand, forearm, or pelvis. Aside from the pain a fall could cause, it could also instill fear in someone. The fear of a fall for some can even lead to them walking less and being inactive.

Tips to keep in mind

There are a few things to keep in mind when it comes to falls. Taking matters into your own hands at times is just as important as seeking the help of a doctor or loved one. Here are a few tips for those who want to decrease their chances of falling:

  • Wear quality shoes - ones that have good traction.

  • Be aware when getting out of your car - don’t rush!

  • Pay attention to where you’re walking

  • Make sure that the path you’re walking on is clear

  • Take care of your own driveway or walkway, even if you have to pay someone to do it for you.

  • Try to avoid walking in dark areas where it’s hard to see.

If you or someone you know has fallen or is at risk of sustaining a fall injury in the future, it may be time to contact our physical therapist. By learning more about the Safe Steps - Fall Prevention Program offered at United Rehab Physical Therapy, our team of physical therapists will be able to tailor a program directed towards your needs. Don’t let the colder weather prevent you from enjoying the holiday season with your friends and family!

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