The WHO (World Health Organization) stats indicate that one third of people aged 65 years and over typically fall once or more each year.
- Falls are the most common cause of injury
- Falls are the 6th leading cause of death for seniors
- Almost half of admissions to long-term care facilities are fall-related.
Falls are caused by a lack of balance or an
inability to recover balance. There are many
factors that can influence balance, including
some age-related body, physical and mental
health problems, and environmental trip hazards.
Physicians, nurses and care givers often interact
with older adult patients who have experienced a
fall or fall-related event, yet there are few
validated tools readily available to assess the
nature of the risk and guide the application of
proven fall prevention strategies.
No one product or program can claim to be
a stand-alone solution for seniors’ falls. Fall
prevention is a multi-disciplinary approach
that involves drawing a long-term plan to
redefine problems outside of normal boundaries
and find solutions based on a new understanding
of complex situations.
How Agile Activity Systems fits into the solution
As an important part of the holistic solution, Agile Activity Systems can dramatically reduce the number of falls and fractures among older adults by engaging primary care physicians, nurses, and other seniors care givers to use the playful structure as an assessment platform and later as fall prevention training tool. By using the Agile Activity Systems, professionals can:
- Evaluate a patient’s physical function
- Assess and diagnose the patient and develop an effective treatment plan
- Measure the patient’s strength, flexibility, balance and gait
- Develop individualized programs and education to help mitigate or better manage risk of falling in the frail elderly.
The outdoor fall prevention concept was developed in Helsinki, Finland after 6 years of intensive research and countless hours of observing seniors’ movements between 2006-2012. Since then, there has been a growing trend for such preventive solutions.
Here at Agile Activity Systems, we are not reinventing the wheel, we’re simply making it better. We have taken all the tools available in the market and redesigned them as a very flexible and effective activity system that can be installed outdoors or indoors. The flexibility and ease of assembly of our systems means you can easily move the accessories from an outdoor setting to an indoor one in a matter of minutes (if the weather, for example, requires you to do so). Our design process was guided by the common understanding that falls are caused by a lack of balance or an inability to recover balance. Each of our 50 different accessories or activity tools have been studied and have been proven to maintain or improve seniors mobility, balance, stability, coordination and cognitive ability.