Falls are the leading cause of injury death for Americans 65 years and older. Every year about 35-40 percent of adults 65 and older fall at least once. Among those that fall, 20-30 percent suffer moderate to severe injuries, including fractures and head trauma.
Many people who fall, even if they are not injured, develop a fear of falling. This fear of falling causes a decrease in activity, which leads to reduced mobility and loss of physical fitness, and actually increases their actual risk of falling.
Amy had a chance to sit down with Dr. Jeremy Osmond, Director of Rehab at Orchard Park Post-Acute Rehab, to find out more about what we can do to prevent falling. Jeremy compiled an action plan into four easy-to-remember tips using the acronym, MESH.