n America one-third of people over age 65 fall each year. Statistics show that the older people are, the more likely they are to fall. In fact, those over the age of 85 are 4 times more likely to fall than those 75 and under. Falls cause cuts, fractures, concussions and very often can be fatal. Many people fall because they develop a fear of falling; they limit their mobility, thereby increasing their risk of falling. Older adults spend lots of time watching their weight but fail to keep their eye on the decline in their functional fitness level. Aging bodies lose strength, flexibility and muscle; particularly fast twitch muscles…this is the reason older adults move more slowly and lose their ability to respond quickly. They also lose the ability to maintain stability while standing or moving. A fall can drastically change the life of an older adult and can lead to disability and a loss of independence. Aging doesn’t make people fall; it is their poor fitness level, chronic disease and circulation, thyroid, vision, hearing, nervous system problems and/or their associated medications.
The good news is that many of these falls can be prevented by people that are willing to continuously develop and improve their mobility skills.
- What are the signs that a fall is imminent?
- Where do older adults fall and how often do falls occur?
- Why do older adults fall?
- Functional balance and stability testing.
- In a fall situation, what are some ways to prevent fractures and concussions?
- What are some recommended ways to keep bones healthy?
- Exercises help to stay limber and prevent falling.
- Using assistive devices.
- Staying safe at home.
- How to conduct yourself in a fall situation.
- Getting up from a fall: With Chair or Free Standing.
- Help another person that has fallen.
- Using a Posey Gait belt.
It takes patience to help older adults accept that their balance is getting worse, that they can do something about it and that they need to put some energy into working to improve their balance. Older adults are not aware of their fall risks or how to reduce their risk of falling. Many do not seem to value managing their risk of falling as it relates to their maintaining their independence and their ability to live on their own.
Trainees will learn how to how to assess fall risks in older adults and teach them fall prevention strategies to minimized the potential for a fall. The workshop will provide information and strategies for trainees to teach and help older adults avoid falls. The price of this workshop is $200.00.
Study guides, CD rhythms and other training aids as required.