It's National Falls Prevention Day!

Physical Therapist's Guide to Falls

Falls can diminish your ability to lead an active and independent life. About one third of people over the age of 65 and almost half of people over the age of 80 will fall at least once this year. There usually are several reasons for a fall. Physical therapists can help you reduce your risk of falling by:

  • Assessing your risk of falling

  • Helping you make your home as safe as possible

  • Educating you about the medical risk factors linked to falls

  • Designing individualized exercises and balance training

  • Working with other health care professionals and community services to create programs for people who want to reduce their risk of falling, 6 June 2011