The statistics regarding injurious falls among seniors are staggering. In 2010, the Center for Disease Control reported that 21,700 older adults died from unintentional fall injuries and that over 50% of all fatal falls involved people over the age of 75.
Seniors who fall are at very high risk of experiencing a life-altering event. It is estimated that 1 out of 3 adults over the age of 65 will fall this year and 2/3 of those adults that do fall will do so again within 6 months, greatly increasing the chance of a fall-related injury or fatality.
Injury and fall prevention strategies, is a primary and important issue among care professionals, and families. In addition to providing SmartCells fall protection mats and flooring to prevent injuries, one of the central topics for preventing a fall is establishing and maintaining a good balance, strength and exercise program. It is recommended that seniors spend at least 15 minutes each day doing some form of physical activity.
The following are a list of fall prevention balance and strength exercises for seniors:
- Walking- Increases cardiovascular health, strength and balance
- Dancing- Increases Balance
- Yoga- Increases strength and balance
- Tai Chi- Increases balance and reactions to movements
- Standing on One foot- Increases balance
- Putting Socks on standing up- Increases balance
- Chair Exercises
- Leg Exercises- Backwards and side leg lifts increase balance
SmartCells fall protection mats and flooring employ a unique dual-stiffness technology that provides a stable, safe surface for standing, walking, wheeling and transferring, while at the same time protects with significant cushioning in case of a slip or fall.
SmartCells fall-protection mats are safe and elegant. They combine style and quality with molded-in beveled edges, which reduce tripping hazards and allow wheeled objects to easily roll, and are constructed of material that will not absorb liquid, and offer a practical solution to infection control issues. SmartCells fall-protection flooring acts as an underlayment for most choices of standard flooring, so you won’t even know it’s there, until a fall occurs.
SmartCells Fall Protection: We’ll be there when you can’t be.