Grab a chair and a stopwatch and take thirty seconds for a simple test that can help reduce your risk of falling. Falls are pretty common in adults 65 and older. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the American Geriatric Society recommend a yearly fall assessment screening for all adults 65 and older. Millennium Physician Group Internal Medicine Physician Bruce Lipschutz, DO, says the screening can help keep you on your feet and out of the hospital.
“Falls are so dangerous because of the catastrophic medical and financial consequences,” he emphasizes. “Falls can affect you in many ways. Even if you break your finger, just a little finger can keep you awake at night, it can make you miserable. Not to mention, wrists or elbows, or even a shoulder. You can’t put your clothes on. You need help to eat. It’s just a very difficult problem.”
The World Health Organization reports that adults older than 60 suffer the greatest number of fatal falls. Preventing falls in the first place is important, and a simple test can provide valuable insight.