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Falls Prevention

In 1817, when James Parkinson wrote his essay on Parkinson’s disease (PD), he observed that, “the patient, on proceeding only a very few paces, would inevitably fall.” While aging may put us all at an increased risk for falling, people living with PD have twice the risk of their peers. Falls often result in injuries ranging from minor cuts to serious fractures, impacting a person’s mobility and quality of life. While many people attribute falls to the motor symptoms of Parkinson’s, there are many other contributing factors. Being aware of these is the first step to preventing a fall.

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In 1817, when James Parkinson wrote his essay on Parkinson’s disease (PD), he observed that, “the patient, on proceeding only a very few paces, would inevitably fall.” While aging may put us all at an increased risk for falling, people living with PD have twice the risk of their peers. Falls often result in injuries ranging from minor cuts to serious fractures, impacting a person’s mobility and quality of life. While many people attribute falls to the motor symptoms of Parkinson’s, there are many other contributing factors. Being aware of these is the first step to preventing a fall.

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