Do You Know the Simple Steps for Preventing Falls?
Falls among older adults have become a public health concern over the past decade as this growing population continues its active lifestyle. According to research studies, more than one-third of adults in the United States aged 65 and older fall each year, and falls are the leading cause of injury-related deaths among older adults. Falls also account for most fractures and traumatic head injuries in older adults.
Although accidents can always happen, there are steps you can take to reduce the risk of falls and related injuries:
- Exercise regularly. Programs that build strength and improve balance, such as Tai Chi, are particularly beneficial.
- Ask your doctor or pharmacist to review your prescription and over-the-counter medications to reduce any side effects and interactions that may cause dizziness, weakness, or loss of balance.
- Have your eyes examined by an eye doctor at least once a year.
- Make sure the lighting in your home is adequate for moving around safely at night.
- Remove any hazards in your home that could potentially lead to a fall.
- Use colored tape to mark any hazardous steps in your home so you always remember to take care.
For more information about fall prevention, please visit:
Eldercare Locator. “Preventing Falls at Home”
U.S. Administration on Aging – Health, Prevention, and Wellness Evidence-Based Program Fact Sheets
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “Falls Among Older Adults”
Last Modified: 12/31/1600