More than one in four seniors in the United States falls each year.

On Sept. 13, 2019, Bottney Wilson, a physical therapist assistant at Life Care Center of Elizabethton, Tennessee, talked to community seniors about preventing falls.


Wilson joined Maryann Owen, adult services coordinator at the local library, in sharing about the seriousness of falls for seniors. The ladies talked to a group of about 10 at a local seniors’ apartment complex.


Falls for seniors can be more serious than for younger people, often due to weaker bones, which may break more easily. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than one in four seniors in the United States falls each year, leading to about 3 million emergency room visits.


Wilson and Owen talked about different ways seniors can reduce their fall risk, including taking medications as prescribed, getting regular checkups and wearing proper footwear (during that discussion, attendees took a few minutes to assess the shoes they were currently wearing). The presenters also talked about outpatient therapy options in the community, including at Life Care Center of Elizabethton.


“I felt that the session at the Courtyard apartments was very well received and informative,” said Wilson. “The attendees had many questions, and it was an interactive session. I enjoyed the session, and we plan to do more such sessions in the future to meet the community’s needs.”