Loss of balance can be a very disabling problem, especially for the elderly. Current research shows that one out of three older adults, age 65 and older, fall each year. Falls are the most common cause of nonfatal injuries and hospital admissions each year.
As we age the risk factors associated with falls become more apparent. Muscle weakness, vision problems, side affects to certain medications, low blood pressure, diabetes, and environmental hazards, like throw rugs and even pets, can increase an individual’s risk for falls.