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Working Together to Stop Falls

Just because you’re getting older doesn’t automatically mean you are at risk for falls. That was one of the messages from Dr. Debbie Rose who is the Director of the Center for Successful Aging and a Professor of Kinesiology  at Cal State Fullerton, as well as Director of the Fall Prevention Center of Excellence at USC.  Dr. Rose was the keynote speaker at the Nevada County Falls Prevention Coalition program today,  “Active Aging: The Key to Staying Safe and Strong. ”

click to listen to Dr. Debbie Rose
Dr. Rose says Falls Reduction programs can be a way to move back up the mobility spiral if you have suffered a fall or better yet, prevent one.  She says exercise, balance and strength training are  core components in preventing falls.

click to listen to Dr. Debbie Rose

Dr. Rose says suffering a fall takes a massive toll on the individual but it also negatively influences family relationships and certainly is a very big spending item in the United States. She says before doing strenuous or dangerous activity, people should ask themselves, “Is it worth the risk.”

Click to listen to Dr. Debbie Rose

Dr. Rose says all Medicare eligible adults are entitled to an annual  wellness visit with there doctor and that is a good time to discuss their individual  risk factors for falls.

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