Falls are a big deal to many older adults with over a third of the +65’ers falling annually. According to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, a fifth of these falls results in a traumatic injury, and many of them (like one every 29 seconds) leads to their demise.
We’re not only paying for these falls with our lives, but medical expenses from falls cost over $28 billion per year.
Alpine Physical Therapy makes an effort to be a part of the good news on this threatening topic by reaching out to reduce falls in our community. We participated in a multi-agency collaboration (MonTECH of the Rural Institute, UM’s School of Physical Therapy, and the National Council on Aging) again this year for National Falls Awareness and Prevention Week.
We offered free balance and falls-risk screens to all interested this year at the Peak Health and Wellness Center’s first annual health fair last Friday evening (9/19/14). The event was a success with over 10 older adults screened and subsequently educated on local falls prevention classes, physical therapy options, balance and strength exercises and their relative risk.
Alpine PT is pleased to be a part of Missoula’s falls reduction network and reminds the community that we offer free balance/falls-risk screens year round at our three locations.