SUISUN CITY — How to fall and getting up after a tumble were the focus of a workshop Wednesday at the Senior Fitness Festival.
“Think about how you are going to fall and how you are going to get back up,” physical therapist Sheila Brucia told the seniors.
When you hit the “oh-no” moment and realize there’s no way to stop and impending fall, Brucia offered these tips:
Before attempting to get up from a fall, Brucia said to check for injuries. If you feel your spine or head has been injured or you may have broken something, stay put.
To get back into an upright position without assistance, roll on your stomach, lift yourself up with your elbows, then the knees.
If there’s a chair nearby, crawl to it. Get up on one knee and pull yourself up the rest of the way. Those with knee replacement or arthritis in their knees can do a crabwalk, coming up on their elbows, backing up to the chair and lifting up with their elbows.
After recovering from a fall, Brucia suggested analyzing the reason for the fall, taking a balance training classes, wearing a medical alert pendant and avoiding situations that increase the risk of falling.
Jean and Richard Langdon, who have been married 66 years, listened closely. She uses a cane; he a walker and a cane.
After watching the different ways to fall and get up, Jean Langdon felt she had some good information. The challenge would be her ability to recall it when needed.
“By the time I’m down on the floor I’ve forgotten everything,” she said.
The state’s sixth annual Fall Prevention Awareness Week kicks off Sunday. More information can be found at www.stopfalls.org.
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