Falls Prevention Move Well Stay Well
What is a fall?
The sudden unanticipated change downward in body position with or without physical injury.
How common are falls? 1 in 3 people aged 65 and over fall at least once each year. 20-30% of those who fall suffer injuries that reduce mobility, independence& in turn, increase the risk of premature death.
Can falls be predicted?
An assessment by your physiotherapist can predict how likely it is that an individual will fall. In order to prevent falls we need: Good Balance, Good Vision, Good Reaction Timing, awareness of falling and enough strength to stay upright.
Can falls be prevented?
There are prevention strategies that can be used that include a mix of exercises, medication reviews & environmental modification. Many studies have shown that an ongoing, well-disciplined exercise program focusing on balance-improvement (on its own) could prevent falls by about 40%.
If you are new to exercise and have a major health condition, you should first consult your GP (for a small number of people there may be a medical reason for their falls).
-At our clinic, the physiotherapist/Exercise Physiologist will assess you prior to designing your exercise program.
-Assessment will include measurement of balance, muscle strength, mobility and will provide outcome measures that can be reassessed at various intervals
-Exercise programs can be individually tailored and performed at home or in a group (although a combination of both is most effective).
Our Falls Prevention Classes are small, closely supervised programs that aim to lower your risk of falls and as a bonus, they are lots of fun… Run every Thursday afternoon with our Exercise Physiologist