The Japanese proverb “Fall down 7 times, get up 8” holds profound relevance when discussing the issue of falls among older adults. This sentiment becomes even more significant considering the impact of falls on seniors’ independence and well-being.
The Startling Reality:
Falls among seniors are alarmingly common, with one in three individuals aged 65 and above, and a staggering one in two aged 80 and above, experiencing a fall each year. These incidents can have devastating consequences, underscoring the importance of addressing the issue.
A Personal Perspective:
The tragic loss of my mother in 2014 due to a fall at home highlighted the urgency of preventing falls among older adults. Her experience became the driving force behind advocating for change.
Medicare now mandates healthcare providers to inquire about fall history. If a patient reports two or more falls within a year, or any fall resulting in injury, healthcare professionals are required to investigate further to develop a tailored treatment plan.
The Role of Physical Therapists:
Physical therapists play a crucial role at this juncture, conducting falls risk assessments and designing personalized plans that address strength, endurance, mobility, and balance. Referring individuals to these experts can be a transformative step.
Empowering Through Referral:
Referring someone dealing with balance and falls to a physical therapist can be a profound act of compassion. This simple gesture has the potential to significantly improve their quality of life and independence.
The essence of the Japanese proverb echoes through the struggle against falls. By collectively addressing this issue, we empower seniors to rise stronger and embrace their golden years with resilience and dignity. Click Here to schedule an appointment today!