Health Matters: Four things to know about fall prevention

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St. Peter’s Health Regional Medical Center in Helena.

Thom Bridge MARISA HARDY

Falls are the leading cause of fatal and nonfatal injuries for persons aged 65 and over. According to our 2018 Community Health Survey over 45% of Lewis & Clark County residents over the age of 45 fell at least once that year. At St. Peter’s Emergency Department we saw over 800 patients due to a fall in the past year. Falls are a significant problem in our area and can lead to serious injury that can limit mobility or independent living.

Understandably, as we age, many of us become fearful of falling.

The good news is that there are things that we can do as we age (and really at all ages) to reduce the likelihood that we experience a fall that at best lands us with a sore back and, at worst, lands us in the hospital.

I teach a class called Stepping On at St. Peter’s Health, which helps people prevent falls at home and while they’re on

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