Fall Prevention And Its Effects On The Home And Community

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Fall Prevention Multiple campaigns have begun to bring awareness to falls and fall prevention. Lifestyles and changes at home can be made to help older adults live a more active, healthy and independent life. By making these changes older adults are making their quality of life better as they continue to age (“New Campaign,” 2016). Older adults should try to understand what factors put them at risk for falling. Researchers have determined the best way to prevent falls, and have identified programs that aid in fall prevention. Though not all risks can be eliminated, a plan to recognize and reduce risks can be developed with a medical provider. There are various physical activity programs that focus on increasing balance and mobility skills to reduce falls. Changes to reduce hazards in the home and community can help a person in fulfilling their daily activities (Basics of Fall Prevention, 2016). There are multiple causes that can lead to a fall, but weak muscles and poor balance contribute to most falls (Gardner et al., 1999). Multiple risk factors can contribute to a fall. The main cause comes from poor balance and muscle weakness. Strength training and retraining balance can decrease the risk for falls by improving balance and strength (Gardner, Robertson, & Campbell, 1999). Falls are the main cause for older adults needing long-term care, rising chronic disease mortality rates, and the loss of independence. Roughly 35% to 40% of healthy older adults living
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