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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