Fall Prevention Tips
Did you know? One in three adults over the age of 65 will sustain a ground level fall. These falls are the leading cause of both fatal and non-fatal injuries, resulting in over 650,000 hospitalizations each year.
Learn how you can practice safety and prevent falls with these six tips from acac‘s p.r.e.p. Medical Director Dr. Greg Degnan:
- Keep your stairway well-lit with light switch at top and bottom.
- Use non-slip or non-skid surfaces in your tub and on your bathroom floor, and install handrails for shower and toilet if needed.
- Keep high traffic areas clear of clutter and floor to knee level furniture (umbrella stands, magazine holders, low accent tables, etc.).
- Keep kitchen items at an easily reached level; avoid the need for steps tools or counter climbing.
- Rugs and carpets need to be secured down at the edges and corners.
- Strength training, balance training, and stretching exercises all help with fall prevention and also with decreasing your risk of injury associated with a fall.
Download Dr. Degnan’s six tips or watch the video below for more information about fall prevention.
p.r.e.p. Member Magic
This month, join the p.r.e.p. team for a special balance class and learn how to steady yourself for a balanced new year. Contact your local p.r.e.p. director for more information about class times and upcoming p.r.e.p. Member Magic activities specific to your home club:
Charlottesville (Albemarle Square) – Kelly Kyriacopoulos, firstname.lastname@example.org
Charlottesville (Downtown) – Lori Perdue, email@example.com
Midlothian – Jill Bunn, firstname.lastname@example.org
Short Pump – Meredith Ledford, email@example.com
Timonium – Sarah Frazier, firstname.lastname@example.org
Germantown – Kelly Pell, email@example.com
West Chester – Gina Collins, firstname.lastname@example.org