Northeastern Pennsylvania is home to a large elderly population and many of the medical problems we expect to see are age related. Dedicated medical practitioners are in constant search for new knowledge and information to prevent or delay many age-related problems. One of the most devastating problems associated with aging is the risk of falling and falling.
Loss of balance causes falls. Falls are a leading cause of injury and death. Thirty percent of women and thirteen percent of men over the age of sixty-five will fall. Twenty to thirty percent of these individuals suffer moderate to severe injuries. Preventing falls is not an easy task. A good understanding of the causes of loss of balance and knowledge of a few fall prevention suggestions can enhance your balance and reduce your risk of a fall.
The Falls Risk Self-Assessment below allows and individual to determine their risk of falling to take the appropriate steps for prevention and treatment. The next three weeks will be dedicated to this topic to educate and inform readers and their families to make good decisions.
The Falls Risk Assessment is from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).
1. YES (2) NO (0)
2. YES (2) NO (0)
3. YES (1) NO (0)
4. YES (1) NO (0)
5. YES (1) NO (0)
6. YES (1) NO (0)
7. YES (1) NO (0)
8. YES (1) NO (0)
9. YES (1) NO (0)
10. YES (1) NO (0)
11. YES (1) NO (0)
12. YES (1) NO (0)
Add up the number of points for each YES answer. If you have scored 4 or more points you may be at risk for falling.
Accordingly, 0-1 = Low Risk; 1-2 = Moderate Risk; 3-4 = At Risk; 4-5 = High Risk; 5-6 = Urgent; > 6 = Severe
Low Moderate At Risk High Risk Urgent Severe
0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Listen to your body and talk to your doctor.
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This article is not intended as a substitute for medical treatment. If you have questions related to your medical condition, please contact your family physician. For further inquires related to this topic email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Paul J. Mackarey PT, DHSc, OCS is a Doctor in Health Sciences specializing in orthopaedic and sports physical therapy. Dr. Mackarey is in private practice and is an associate clinical professor of medicine at GCSOM.
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