More than one-third of seniors over age 65 fall each year according to the Centers for Disease Control. In recognition of National Safety Month, the balance professionals at Verdugo Hills Hospital's A Balanced Life program are reminding the community about the importance of improving balance and preventing falls.
Dangers around the home cause as many as 20,000 deaths, seven million disabling injuries, and 20 million hospital trips in the U.S. each year, according to the Home Safety Council.
A Balanced Life, a unique fall-prevention and balance-improvement program offered by Verdugo Hills Hospital's Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Department, assists older adults in retaining and regaining their independence by reducing the risk of falls. Physical therapists work with patients individually to improve balance through a variety of assessments and exercises and can include a home safety evaluation. A Balanced Life staff also provides free balance lectures to church groups, community organizations and others.