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Empowerment Through Preparedness: A New Approach to Fall Prevention

The term “fall prevention” has become commonplace, but it’s time to include the concept of “fall preparedness.” By solely emphasizing prevention, we convey a message of avoidance, potentially leaving individuals feeling like failures if a fall occurs. Falling is a part of the human experience, regardless of age and it’s crucial to empower individuals with the tools for preparedness.

Fall preparedness involves training the muscles to act as brakes, preventing falls and enabling individuals to stand back up. This training not only strengthens muscles but also contributes to resilient bones that can better withstand a fall. Power training becomes essential, providing the ability to exert force, react swiftly, and self-correct.

Just as we have first aid kits and fire extinguishers for emergencies, fall preparedness is a critical, ‘in case of an emergency’ component that doesn’t get the attention it deserves. It’s time to expand our vocabulary and empower and equip people with the tools they need in case of a fall. Let’s embrace the concept of fall preparedness alongside prevention to help older adults be fall proof. 

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