You most likely have heard this story before: a senior has a bad fall and gets injured. But instead of getting better, they seem to never be the same. They have such a fear of falling that they begin to only walk when they are holding on to something, or maybe not walk at all. They sleep less and seem consumed by the possibility that they may fall again. Eventually their health begins to decline.
This series of events has a name: post-fall syndrome. It is a psychological condition that affects one out of five seniors who has fallen and gotten injured. Those who have post-fall syndrome are often wheelchair bound and have a much lower quality of life.
Usually when a senior has a fall, doctors are diligent to treat pain and increase immediate mobility. Often, however, long-term issues, such as post-fall syndrome, are not addressed.
If you notice that your elderly parent begins declining to walk after a fall or confesses sleeplessness and anxiety over falling, it is time to get some help. Have the senior speak with their doctor about what options they can take to relieve their fear. Usually, specific physical therapy to address the anxiety of falling is prescribed with excellent success rates.
Post-fall syndrome may be the last thing you think about after your elderly parent has a fall, but it is worth keeping in mind to maintain quality of life.
Source: Huffington Post