How fear and falling are connected
Colorado’s older adults experience more than 200,000 falls each year, and one-third require emergency medical services, which can often result in hospital stays. The fear of falling can be overwhelming, as many people have seen the results of a loved one’s fall, or maybe even experienced a fall. If you have fallen in the past, you’re at an increased risk of falling in the future because fear changes behavior and makes us feel less able. When we’re not confident, we avoid activities that might feel dangerous, like walking down the stairs or on gravel. The good news is there are ways that you can improve your balance and decrease your risk of falling.
One way that people are successful in overcoming their fear of falling is through a ‘learned success’ method. This includes frequent and safe activities that become more challenging over time, such as walking one house further than you normally would on your daily walk. This helps build confidence and reduces fear. Nymbl Training, a free balance training app, uses a similar approach.
Nymbl is a scientifically proven approach to fall prevention that makes balance training both fun and effective by combining simple body movements with brain games to challenge your body and mind at the same time.
The State of Colorado, Denver Regional Council of Governments (DRCOG), and Nymbl believe that every older adult should have access to fun and effective balance training, which is why Nymbl is now free of charge for the first 5,000 Coloradans ages 60 and up to enroll – all you need is a smartphone or tablet!
2 easy ways you can get free, unlimited access to Nymbl:
- Download the Nymbl Training app from your app store, or
- Visit co.fallsfree.com
If you’re struggling with the fear of falling, you are not alone. Most falls are preventable, and with Nymbl, you can decrease your risk of falling.