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:

  1. Keep your stairway well-lit with light switch at top and bottom.
  2. Use non-slip or non-skid surfaces in your tub and on your bathroom floor, and install handrails for shower and toilet if needed.
  3. Keep high traffic areas clear of clutter and floor to knee level furniture (umbrella stands, magazine holders, low accent tables, etc.).
  4. Keep kitchen items at an easily reached level; avoid the need for steps tools or counter climbing.
  5. Rugs and carpets need to be secured down at the edges and corners.
  6. 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, kellyk@acac.com
Charlottesville (Downtown) – Lori Perdue, loripe@acac.com
Midlothian – Jill Bunn, jillb@acac.com
Short Pump – Meredith Ledford, mael@acac.com
Timonium – Sarah Frazier, sarahfr@acac.com
Germantown – Kelly Pell, kellype@acac.com
West Chester – Gina Collins, ginaco@acac.com