With age, there is an increased chance of several things disrupting your general health and wellbeing. However, one of the most common occurrences for those over the age of 65 is having a fall. A fall is defined as unexpected events in which the participant comes to rest on the ground, floor or lower level.
Falls can result in the loss of mobility, reduce quality of life, increased disability and death. It is estimated that at least one in four individuals over the age of 65 have a fall each year. Of this one in four who experience a fall 22-60 % of those individuals will come away from the fall with an injury. There can be several factors that can influence a fall occurring age, lower limb strength, gait and balance all play their parts.
There is a way to work on balance, this is by participating in a balance centred program. Participation in such programs can help to reduce the risk of falls by 17%-34%. A good falls prevention program should aim to
- Prevent falls
- Improve strength
- Improve Coordination
- Improve balance
- Improve function
- Improve independence
- Improve quality of life
- Manage and reduce the risk of chronic disease
If you know someone or are interested in falls prevention for yourself there is always a place to start out. Vision runs several affordable group exercise programs that target reductions in fall risk through simple yet effective exercises, like our Energise and Lifestyle Group programs.
Call us on 46 383 777 for more information.