Falls are human and happen much more frequently than is commonly assumed. Almost every third person above the age of 65 falls once a year, often with serious consequences. However, the risk of a fall can be reduced with the help of expert advice. The Swiss Rheumatism Association offers a short test with nine questions, which you can use to assess your own risk of a fall. If you have answered more than one question with «Yes», the Swiss Rheumatism Association will offer you personal fall prevention measures at home. This offer is part of a research project conducted in cooperation with the Swiss Rheumatism Association and Zurich University of Applied Sciences. Those who are interested can participate in the project.
The fall prevention measures cost CHF 540. SWICA contributes toward the cost from its supplementary insurance as follows:
SWICA pays the full amount to the Rheumatism Association and then bills you for your portion. Any amounts that may apply in connection with health promotion and preventive healthcare are offset during the treatment year.
Swiss Rheumatism Association
"mitenand", broadcast on 24 May 2015, with senior citizen Valentin Blättler and physiotherapist Christine Hunziker (© SRF Swiss Television)
The «3x3» short film will show you how to exercise safely at home.You can find other exercise programmes here. (© bfu)