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Falls and Immobility

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As we age, our muscles, joints and bones can decrease in size and strength, becoming weak and resulting in accidents such as falling and loss of mobility. 

Falls rarely have a single cause- in most cases it is the combination of normal changes from aging, such as reduced reaction time, and medical problems, such as arthritis or nerve damage from diabetes.  A fall is a very important event, even if no injuries occurred.  A person who has fallen is at much higher risk of falling again.  Therefore, an individualized and careful assessment of the fall circumstances, symptoms, and medications is important in all older adults who have fallen.  Sometimes, modifications to the home environment can help reduce fall risk as well.

At the Centre for Aging and Wellness, our skilled physicians can assess your individual condition and recommend preventative measures.