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In Europe, more than 2,3 million people of 65 and older attend emergency departments with fall-related injuries each year. Severe balance disorders are a common cause of falling. Knowing the importance of fall prevention can give you a steady and healthy lifestyle.

The Dutch Research Centre of Injury Prevention VeiligheidNL declared the national Fall Prevention Week 2022 from 3 to 9 October, a week fully dedicated to raise awareness and spread of knowledge about fall prevention amongst the elderly.

What is the importance of balance and fall prevention?

Damage to the balance organs, also known as bilateral vestibulopathy, causes severe balance disorders and therefore mobility issues. Fear and anxiety are linked to decreased activity, which might worsen balance and the risk of falling. Balance disorders such as bilateral vestibular hypofunction (BVH) or bilateral vestibular loss (BVL) causes trouble keeping balance, especially when walking in the dark or on uneven surfaces. It impairs the person’s ability to see well during head movements. This can increase the danger of falling.

What Are the Major Risk Factors for Falls?

Falling can result in major injuries such as fractured bones, brain injury, or they might be even fatal. Psychologically, falls can cause the person fear of moving around, due to being afraid of falling again. This can lead to a limited social life and a lower quality of life, due to social isolation and even depression.

There are several ways of reducing the risk for falling and the BalanceBelt is one of them. This easy wearable restores balance and improves sense of orientation and direction. Simple, quiet, and effective. Are you also curious to see with your own eyes how the BalanceBelt can help you get to a steadier lifestyle? Click here to set up a trial today to avoid falls.

Read here more about the Fall Prevention Week 2022 (NL).