Programs established to prevent falls

Programs developing to help seniors avoid fallingThere have been several programs beginning in Sacramento, California, in an effort to prevent seniors from falling and injuring themselves, according to the Sacramento Bee.

There are a number of factors that cause seniors to fall, including health conditions and memory. The new program offers classes to elders and educates them on avoiding injury.

"There are also environmental factors," Julie Benzing, a physical therapist and administrator at Sutter Physical and Hand Therapy, told the news source. "People trip over things, and people fall off ladders. People have dogs that knock them down. Typically, anyone who's in older age will have a combination of things going on."

Seniors may want find fall prevention programs similar to those being implemented in Sacramento in order to strengthen their legs and prevent themselves from falling while at home, the media outlet reports.

According to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, one third of adults who are over the age of 65 fall each year. If seniors continue to fall, it may be wise to move them into a retirement living community. In these neighborhoods, the aging parent is able to receive the constant care they need, can exercise and strengthen themselves, and are around their peers.