According to the U.S. Congress Fall Prevention Act, falls are the leading cause of injury-related death among individuals who are over 65 years of age. In the 65+ population, the number of fall-related deaths is expected to double by 2030.
The Fall Prevention Act found that, “A national approach to reducing elder falls, which focuses on the daily life of senior citizens in residential, institutional, and community settings, is needed. The approach should include a wide range of organizations and individuals including family members, health care providers, social workers, employers, and others.”
Since 2003, the U.S. Congress has funded education and research directed toward preventing falls, enacted the Keeping Seniors Safe From Falls Act of 2006 and the Safety of Seniors Act of 2007.
As a result, Medicare now recommends that all Medicare patients receive an annual Fall Risk Assessment.
At Optimum Wellness Centers, risk of falls assessment is just one part of a complete program to help improve your balance, and reduce your risk of falling.