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We provide information, resources and coordinated care for aging adults, and their families. Through our programs and services, we promote wellness and preventive practices for healthy aging and longevity.
For people 65 years and older, falls are the most common source of injury resulting in a visit to the emergency room.
The odds of falling each year after 65 are about one in three. After age 80, the chance of a fall is about 50-50. Older adults who have fallen are two to three times more likely to fall again within the next year. Learn about our Farewell to Falls program.
Reasons for Falling in Older Adults
Possible reasons for a fall include:
Being tired and not lifting feet properly
Slower reaction time
Medications that cause dizziness or lightheadedness
To minimize falls, make sure your loved one's home is safe. You may need to make small adjustments in the home:
Get rid of throw rugs
Move electrical cords out of the way
Encourage your parent or loved one to wear of non-skid shoes, sneakers or slippers, especially in homes with hardwood floors
Use nightlights and put a flashlight next to the bed
Install grab bars in the bathroom. An occupational therapist can offer advice on where to place the bar.
Encourage regular exercise to maintain strength and balance. Learn more about healthy aging.
Check for side effects of medications that could contribute to the potential for a fall
Strong For Life is an easy to follow exercise routine designed to improve strength, function, and balance in older adults with or without limitations.
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Stanford Health Care provides comprehensive services to refer and track patients, as well as the latest information and news for physicians and office staff. For help with all referral needs and questions, visit Referring Physicians.
HOW TO REFER
Fax a referral form with supporting documentation to 650-320-9443.
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