Fund Your Health by Preventing Falls by Dr. Lisa Williams

HEALTH PORTFOLIO (H-Portfolio)

Health = Wealth

The H-Asset You Want To Aquire: Family Wealth

H-Investment You Need To Make: Fall Prevention

Falls are very common and can occur in all age groups. Falls are the leading cause of injuries and deaths among older Americans. Children, ages 15 and younger, and young adults, ages of 15 to 29, have the second highest rates of morbidity. In 2014, 29 million falls occurred, which caused seven million injuries and an estimated $31 billion in Medicare costs (CDC, 2016; WHO, 2016). Falls may mean very expensive repairs, and I don’t want you to be a statistic!

Fall Prevention is another very wise H-Investment that improves your overall health and wealth. Here is my H=W (Health = Wealth) formula: As a licensed physical therapist, I am certain this H-Investment is worth every cent. Using sound H-Investments, like fall prevention, can reduce the number of unnecessary hospital trips, doctor visits, and/or medications.

What you can do to Fund Your Health:

Here are some suggestions for reducing the risk of falls:

  • Install safety gates at the top and bottom of staircases for children.
  • Secure dressers, changing tables, and highchairs using the preinstalled safety straps.
  • Use a nonslip bathmat.
  • Use handrails when walking up or down stairs.
  • Clean up wet floors immediately.
  • Keep stairways, entrances, and halls well lit. Install a nightlight with an automatic light switch that turns on when you get up in the middle of the night.
  • Keep all rugs anchored and smooth.
  • Keep cords and wires out of walkways.
  • Avoid wearing socks only. Wear shoes and slippers that have non-skid soles.

Preventive measures may also include particular activities that enhance balance and awareness in order to prevent falls, like Tai Chi, or yoga that can also enhance bone density to prevent osteoporosis. Maintaining and improving balance, muscle strength, and coordination is also critical in preventing falls. Unfortunately, many individuals are at risk for falls regardless of preventative measures. For these individuals, recognizing their risk factors is instrumental in preventing falls. Fear can also be a strong factor because of lack of knowledge, fear of future fractures, and fear of falling.

Preventing illnesses before they begin and preventing infections when you are being treated can positively impact your overall health and wealth—even save your life. Such measures could save nearly two million lives and nearly $4 billion dollars a year!

I cannot express the importance of building an H-Portfolio that includes this important H-Investment. This is just one more way to pay your health forward by adding smart H-Investments to your and your family’s H-Portfolio. It is never too early or too late to invest in your health.

Photo Credit: Lisa Williams

References 

Center for Disease Control (CDC). (2016). Falls are leading cause of injury and death in older Americans.  Retrieved from: https://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2016/p0922-older-adult-falls.html

World Health Organization (WHO). (2016). Falls fact sheet. Retrieved from: http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs344/en/

About Lisa’s Fund Your Health Blog

Lisa developed the Fund Your Health Blog to inspire people to achieve their health and wellness goals, by sharing what she has learned throughout her career and from her own personal journey. With Lisa’s relentless pursuit to restore the natural healing process, she reviews specific health assets (H-Assets) and recommends sound health investments (H-Investments) for building health dividends (H-Dividends) that are the key to a healthy lifestyle and will pay off in years to come. Yes, it is all about the H’s in her Health Portfolio. Using her approach will empower you to find your own solutions for a healthy lifestyle.

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About Dr. Lisa Williams

Lisa has developed a business culture of health equals wealth and a core philosophy that bridges the gap between health and wealth using what she calls H-Portfolios (Health Portfolios), which leads to overall health. Lisa’s quest for health answers began nearly 30 years ago, when she needed to start building her own H-Portfolio, and this led her to create a multi-pronged approach to health and wellness, and pursue other areas of medicine and attain her acupuncture license. Lisa has managed several health clinics and consulted in multiple corporate, health and wellness industries and branches of medicine. Her areas of practice and experience have included corporate wellness, fitness, health and beauty, internal medicine, neurology, pain management, pediatrics, rehabilitation, schools, scoliosis management, sports injuries, and weight loss clinics. 

Dr. Lisa Williams is a Health and Wellness Consultant and the founder of Gentle Touch Acupuncture and Gentle Touch Physical Therapy. in New York City. For more information: Contact Dr. Lisa Williams

Disclaimer: This material is provided for informational purposes only, and is not intended as medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Information on this site is not meant to substitute for the advice provided by your own physician or other medical professional. Doing anything recommended or suggested on this website/blog must be done at your own risk. 

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