8 myths about falling

As we know, the death rate from falling has risen sharply since the 1990’s. There are several popular myths about falling that have been debunked.
1. Facts aren’t a big deal: Actually, one in three people age 65+ experience a fall serious enough to require medical attention.
2. Falls are just a part of growing older: Older bodies do change over time, but there is much you can do to protect against falling.
3. So long as I stick close to home, I can avoid falling: Over half of all falls take place right in the person’s home.
4. The best way to avoid falling is to stay seated and avoid physical activity: Inactivity actually increases the risk. Inactivity reduces the reserve of energy, muscle tone, and alertness.
5. Only balance exercises are effective for protecting against falling: Four types of exercise (aerobic, strengthening, balance, and flexibility) combine for an effective fall prevention exercise program.
6. Once lost, muscle strength and flexibility cannot be regained: Exercise can at least partially restore strength and flexibility.
7. Exercise must be strenuous to prevent against falls: Believe it or not, every little bit helps.
8. Medications cannot increase the risk of falling: The side effects of some medications can actually put us at a greater risk of falling, such as dizziness, fatigue, confusion, or weakness.

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