“Well, the other shoe is now on its way down. Jane fell a couple of weeks ago and broke her right hip, and the decision was that she would not have an x-ray. She has been confined to her bed (hospital bed) and cannot get up. Her nurse now comes every day and has suggested that we contact all of Jane’s friends and let them know her status.” (The individual’s name has been changed.)
I just received this email yesterday and it breaks my heart. Although falls cannot be completely prevented, there is so much that can be done to reduce the risk for falls and the tragic consequences. Falls do not have to be an inevitable part of aging if one exercises to specifically address balance skills and to maintain muscle strength and power. Maintaining lower body muscle power is especially important for older adults to help reduce the risk for falls.
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