We review medical alert systems that boast automatic fall detection capabilities notifying caregivers, family, or emergency services in the case of a fall. In a perfect world however, there would be no falls to detect! Unfortunately, 1/3 of Americans 65+ fall each year. We interviewed Art Rasmussen, the owner of Great Bones, a company dedicated to bone health, about fall prevention and the steps seniors (and the rest of us for that matter) can take to keep our bones healthy and strong.
What is your mission at Great Bones?
“Inspiring a Lifetime of Strength, Balance, and Bone Density” in my own words our mission is to help seniors live a life without fear. Our program is designed to improve strength for each of our clients. As strength improves so does balance and flexibility. As the client builds strength and balance they also gain confidence. Confidence relates to everything they do in their daily lives. From opening a jar, to climbing stairs, to doing the activities that they thought they would no longer be able to do.
In regards to fall prevention, what are some specific steps seniors can take in the home setting (wherever that may be) to prevent falls.
1. Exercise to improve balance and strength.
2. Have your doctor review your medicines. Medicines can make you dizzy or sleepy and cause you to fall.
3. See Your Eye Doctor. Be sure your vision is the best it can be.
4. Make your home safe. Keep walkways clear of items that can trip you. Remove small rugs. Keep things within reach so you don’t have to climb to reach them. Improve lighting in your home.
What steps can seniors take to prevent injuries if a fall happens?
Having a regular strength training program will help with balance to prevent falls. Having strong muscles will help seniors catch themselves. That ability is probably the help with the prevention of injuries. More importantly should there be an injury from a fall those that have improved or maintained their strength usually have the quickest recoveries.
If you had to choose two things seniors (and every adult for that matter!) should do everyday to keep bones healthy and strong, what would it be?
1. Strength train with resistance exercises.
2. A healthy diet.
To learn more about Great Bones, visit their website at www.great-bones.com.
The infographic from our friends at easyclimber.com provides additional information about fall prevention.