According to the CDC, the average cost of a hospital admission due to a fall is around $20,000. By 2030, it is estimated that $54 billion will be spent annually on health care costs, directly and indirectly, related to falls. The research indicates that effective interventions reduce the risk of fall by 35-40%. The term “fall prevention” doesn’t mean totally eliminating falls but rather minimizing the risk. In other words, preventing the falls we can.
For community-dwelling older adults, a minimum of 50 hours of exercise is needed to effectively reduce the risk and rate of falls. These hours can be accumulated over a period of 3 months or more. Programs that achieved this minimum amount of exercise over a six month period or less are more effective than those that take greater than six months, but both are effective.
It’s challenging to achieve 50 hours of balance exercise solely from physical therapy settings, therefore alternative ways to achieve this goal can be seen below: