How to Avoid Falling: A Guide for Active Aging and Independence
Book: How to Avoid Falling: A Guide for Active Aging and Independence , by Eric Fredrikson, ISBN10: 1554070198, ISBN13: 9781554070190, Firefly Books, Limited, October 2004, Hardcover
Eric Fredrikson gives accident avoidance courses for hospital and corporate clients.
A practical, non-technical guide to minimizing the likelihood of falling. Includes taking stock of your health and physical abilities, medical conditions and medications, risk factors, exercises, fall-proofing a house and getting up after a fall.
Falls are a common and serious problem for older adults. Even minor falls can result in hip fractures or other injuries that may cause permanent disability or death. A Canadian accident prevention specialist who suffered a fall at age 68, Fredrickson (now in his seventies) has compiled this slim but information-packed guide on fall prevention. Among the topics covered are assessing health and environmental risks associated with falls; techniques for fall-proofing the home; negotiating stairs; avoiding hazardous situations like uneven sidewalks, escalators, and elevators; and what to do if a fall occurs. Physical fitness is essential to fall prevention, especially for those suffering from arthritis, Parkinson's, or osteoporosis, and Frederickson offers a program of nonstrenuous exercises to improve balance, strength, and flexibility; these are illustrated with easy-to-follow line drawings. Despite the prevalence of fall-related injuries in older people (one in three will fall each year), there are few books on this topic. J. Thomas Hutton's Preventing Falls: A Defensive Approach is written primarily for health professionals. Fredrikson's work is a highly recommended addition to senior health and fitness collections.-Karen McNally Bensing, Benjamin Rose Lib., Cleveland Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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