Falls by senior citizens a growing problem in La Plata County

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Falls by senior citizens a growing problem in La Plata County

Falls by elderly No. 1 injury cause in Southwest Colorado
In perfect balance, Mary Jane Ward leads a class in tai chi at the La Plata County Senior Center Thursday.
Improving physical fitness and balance, particularly with tai chi, is one of the best preventive measures seniors can take to minimize the risk of falling. Mary Jane Ward, center, leads a tai chi class Thursday at the La Plata County Senior Center. Participants in the class, from the left, are Marie Roessler, Charlotte Deters, Jim Phillips Bonnie Curico, Lou Neeb, Nancy Fisher and Vicki Roth.
Preventing falls

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have identified four key ways seniors can reduce their risk of falling:
Follow an exercise program to improve balance and strength. Tai chi, in particular, is recommended.
Conduct a home assessment, including looking for loose rugs, a night-light between the bed and the bathroom, access to hand rails, improving the lighting and always wearing shoes, not slippers or barefoot, inside and out. Many falls are caused by small dogs and cats in the home; the CDC did a separate study on it.
Review medications, including over-the-counter drugs, with your physician, minimizing dosages and number of medications wherever possible.
Have your vision checked and keep your eyeglass prescription current. Poor vision, including cataracts and glaucoma, increases chances of falling.

On the Net

Visit www.ncoa.org/healthy-aging/falls-prevention for the National Council on Aging’s Fall Prevention information.
Visit www.cdc.gov/steadi for information and a household assessment.
Visit www.swretac.org/injury-prevention/elderly-fall-project to learn more about what area agencies are working on to decrease falls in our area.
Visit https://vimeo.com/114399174#t=0s to see SWRETAC’s public-service announcement about fall prevention.

Falls by senior citizens a growing problem in La Plata County

In perfect balance, Mary Jane Ward leads a class in tai chi at the La Plata County Senior Center Thursday.
Improving physical fitness and balance, particularly with tai chi, is one of the best preventive measures seniors can take to minimize the risk of falling. Mary Jane Ward, center, leads a tai chi class Thursday at the La Plata County Senior Center. Participants in the class, from the left, are Marie Roessler, Charlotte Deters, Jim Phillips Bonnie Curico, Lou Neeb, Nancy Fisher and Vicki Roth.
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