Everyday Exercises and Fall Prevention


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Amy Schmidt, BSN, RN, presented Everyday Exercises and Fall Prevention at Wisconsin Women's Health Foundation's 2013 annual Gathering event.

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Everyday Exercises and Fall Prevention

  1. 1. Fall Prevention Amy Schmidt Injury Prevention Coordinator Saint Joseph’s Hospital, Marshfield
  2. 2. Why All the Fuss? •In Wisconsin, falls have surpassed motor vehicle crashes as the most common cause of injury-related death. •The majority of falls that result in death occur in the home. •Of those who fall, 20 to 30% suffer moderate to severe injuries that reduce mobility and independence.
  3. 3. At least 95% of hip fractures among older adults are due to falls. Up to 25% of adults who lived independently before their hip fracture have to stay in a nursing home for at least a year after their injury. Source: CDC
  4. 4. Falls and the injuries they cause are a huge national public health problem.
  5. 5. Through education and by making some simple changes in the way we do things, we can prevent the occurrence of falls.
  6. 6. Risk Factors
  7. 7. What motivates you to decrease your fall risk?
  8. 8. What Can You Do?
  9. 9. “Exercise: It’s Never Too Late”
  10. 10. Benefits of Exercise ↑strength better balance and joint mobility ↑bone density makes you feel good!
  11. 11. Community Options Physical therapy consult Senior Steps exercise program
  12. 12. Senior Steps Exercise
  13. 13. Walking One of the easiest forms of exercise Equipment needed: • Good pair of shoes • Comfortable clothing • Desire How to start: Just walk out the door! If you have any health concerns or medical conditions, be sure to check with your doctor for advice before you begin a routine
  14. 14. Other Ways to prevent Falls Check For Safety
  15. 15. Minimize Environmental Hazards keep walkways clear use shower mats in the tub/shower use grab bars in shower/near toilet install handrails at stairways have adequate lighting wear sturdy shoes with non-slip soles
  16. 16. Minimize Environmental Hazards keep frequently used items where you can reach them carry a cell phone or lifeline for emergencies use chairs with arms
  17. 17. Have your vision checked Review you medications with your healthcare provider Begin a regular exercise program Use Yak trax and hip protectors
  18. 18. Let’s Check What We’ve Learned True or False? 1. I am too old to exercise. 2. Inactivity is not a normal part of aging. 3. A lack of exercise can be dangerous to my health.
  19. 19. 4. Falls are costly both in terms of health care costs and loss of independence. 5. Staying physically active helps me feel good about myself. 6. When I make exercise a routine, just like my meds or meals, I will be able to maintain exercise as a regular part of my day.
  20. 20. 7. It is important for me to maintain my independence.
  21. 21. Summary Regular exercise and activity will help maintain your physical and mental health. Exercising will help lower your risk for falls and serious injury by maintaining and increasing your strength, flexibility, and bone density.
  22. 22. Maintaining an independent, active lifestyle is possible regardless of your age. You can lower your risk for falling by making some simple changes in the way you do things around your home. Participating in the Senior Steps exercise program can be the first step to a healthier, more active lifestyle.
  23. 23. Questions?
  24. 24. For more information about Senior Steps, call the MSJH injury prevention program line at 715-387-9600.