13 Sep Synapse: Human Performance Centers Recognizes Falls Prevention Awareness Week September 20-24, 2021
Falls Prevention Awareness Week will be recognized from September 20-24, 2021. Why is this week important for the public? Because falls are the leading cause of injury-related emergency department visits, this particular week of recognition helps bring attention to this critical public health issue.
So, what’s the big deal if you fall, right? Wrong! Falls can be much more dangerous than they might seem. While we all trip over the dog or a sneaky curb from time to time, the elderly population often suffers much more significant injuries from what is often considered minor to the younger people. Typical injuries from falls can include bruising, hip fractures, and head injuries. Falls can even be fatal in some cases, especially in the elderly population. As we age, muscles and eyesight begin to deteriorate, which can lead to a lack of special awareness and the ability to balance. What might have caused a bruise or discomfort for someone in their younger years can later lead to broken bones, concussions, or death.
Preventing Injuries From Falls
There are simple ways to help prevent falls and related injuries. Have you considered making an appointment with your doctor to discuss your medications and health risks that could lead to a fall? Do you regularly get physical exercise that can help improve your strength, balance, and coordination? Have you removed hazards throughout your home, or do you use a cane or walker to help keep you steady, especially when you’re alone?
Make a Difference for the Elderly Population
There are many ways you can help observe this week designated to help prevent falls. For example, you might spend time with elderly loved ones and remind them that you are there for them and are happy to help them do anything to prevent injury. Check around their home and make sure they are taking the appropriate actions necessary to stay safe. Would it be helpful to have handrails installed or floors repaired throughout your community to help keep the elderly safe? Step up! With some effort, you can help make these minor (but crucial) changes happen!
Elderly Fall Statistics:
- In the U.S., on average, an adult who is 65 or older falls every second.
- Each year, three million adults are treated for fall-related injuries.
- Falls cause the most significant number of traumatic brain injuries.
- Falls are the second leading cause of accidental injury deaths.
These statistics say it all. However, we can all step up to help prevent falls that negatively impact the lives of others around us. How will you make a difference during Falls Prevention Awareness Week this year?
Let Synapse: Human Performance Centers Help
If you or a loved one has suffered from a fall or related injuries, Synapse: Human Performance Centers is available to help develop patient-centered treatment plans that focus on your specific needs.
Some of the symptoms related to falls that Synapse: Human Performance Centers can provide help with include:
- Balance and dizziness issues
- Traumatic Brain injuries
- Vertigo and migraines
To make an appointment with the team of local professionals or to learn more, visit synapsehpc.com or call 214.902.3400.
To learn more about preventing falls, be sure to check out the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendations.