Every 11 seconds, an older adult is seen in an emergency department for a fall-related injury, according to a recent report from the National Council on Aging. Many more seniors report a fear of falling that sometimes limits their activities — contributing to social isolation, depression, and a decreased quality of life.
Many falls are preventable. Check out these six tips from the National Council on Aging to help prevent falls:
Find a good balance and exercise program.
1. There are several evidenced-based programs in our community that can help build balance, strength, and flexibility. These programs — such as Tai Chi and Matter of Balance — can help you guard against falls. Contact our local Area Agency on Aging at (336) 904-0300 to learn more about classes in the area.